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Patrick Kane expected to be at Blackhawks camp

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Patrick Kane expected to be at Blackhawks camp

As the investigation involving Patrick Kane continued over this past month, the question of where he stood with the Blackhawks loomed. Would he be at training camp when the Blackhawks convened later this month?

On Wednesday, that question was answered. 

Kane is listed on the training camp roster and is expected to be at Notre Dame when the Blackhawks begin camp there on Friday, according to the team. Kane has been under investigation for an alleged rape that may have occurred at his home in early August. He has not been charged with anything.

[RELATED: CSN to carry live/on-air coverage of Blackhawks press conference from practice tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.]

And it sounds like Kane will be here throughout camp and beyond. Sources told CSN that Kane will talk on Thursday and participate in full practices. There could also be conduct policies implemented by the team and league, where both parties monitor Kane's off-ice conduct.

A grand jury hearing on the Kane investigation - which was originally scheduled for Sept. 8 - was postponed. Several outlets have reported that hearing, however, will be rescheduled.

[MORE: Blackhawks release training camp roster]

Some may consider it a surprise that Kane is expected to attend. No, he has not been charged with anything as this investigation continues, and there’s probably no legal reason to keep him away from camp. Kane's presence will certainly become the focal point.

Blackhawks president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville will meet with the media on Thursday, when it’s expected they’ll address the situation. But the questions and the attention surrounding things won’t go away in one day.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.