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NBCSN unveils Willy Wonka-style sweepstakes for Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NBCSN unveils Willy Wonka-style sweepstakes for Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Sarah Langs

Do you have the golden ticket? What about the perfect bracket?

No, we aren’t in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and yes, March Madness is over.

But NBC Sports is combining two fan favorites — chocolate and bracketology — for a Stanley Cup Playoffs sweepstakes.

NBC Sports will give away chocolate bars named with a nod to Willy Wonka, “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bars.”

Wonka would approve of the flavoring decisions, as there are four options: sea salt, almond, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. 

In the wrapper of each bar will be either a completed playoff bracket or an instant win “Silver Ticket.”

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With 32,768 unique bracket possibilities, there will be just one perfect bracket winner. The chocolate-eating fan with the perfect bracket at the end of the playoffs will win a trip for two to the 2016 NHL All Star Weekend & get to spend time with the Stanley Cup. In other words, that’s Charlie’s lucky ticket.

Brackets that have the correct winning team, without the perfect entire bracket, will receive $25 gift cards to the NHL.com online shop.

Four chocolate bars won’t feature any sort of bracketology at all. Those instant winning bars will instead have a “Silver Ticket,” good for a trip to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and again, time with the Cup.

Fans who want to request a bar can tweet at NBC Sports using the hashtag “#BracketBar.”

So start eating chocolate and crossing your fingers. You could win big time.

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.