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Jonathan Toews named finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Award

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Jonathan Toews named finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Award

For the third straight year, Jonathan Toews has been named one of three finalists for the 2014-15 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is awarded "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season," the NHL announced Monday.

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd were also nominated for the award.

Toews led the team with 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in the regular season, and piloted Chicago to its seventh consecutive postseason appearance.

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Off the ice, the Blackhawks captain is involved with a variety of team fundraisers and charity programs, including the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Four Feathers Golf Invitational. He has also been a supporter of multiple foundations independently, such as the Israel Idonije Fundraiser, a non-profit "committed to impacting underserved communities by proving programs focused on social and emotional life skills."

The winner will be announced during the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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.