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Illinois native Kendall Coyne named top women's college hockey player

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Illinois native Kendall Coyne named top women's college hockey player

Illinois native Kendall Coyne was named the winner of the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, the USA Hockey Federation announced Saturday.

Boston College forward Alex Carpenter and Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens were the other two finalists, respectively.

Coyne, from Palos Heights, led the nation in goals with 50 — including five hat tricks and five shorthanded goals — and ranked second in the country with 84 points, captaining Northeastern University to its first NCAA tournament appearance. She also set a record in league play this year by scoring 30 goals and 55 points, which earned her the Hockey East Player of the Year award earlier this month.

[MORE: Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte named top-10 finalist for Hobey Baker Award]

Coyne, who was named a first-team All-American for the first time in her career, became the school's all-time career leader in goals (140) and points (248).

During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she helped Team USA capture a silver medal by leading her country with six points (two goals and four assists) in the tournament. She's expected to play for the U.S. Olympic team in 2018.

Coyne will also compete in the upcoming 2016 Women's World Championships, beginning on March 28.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.