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Bears promote two on training staff

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Bears promote two on training staff

The Bears promoted from within on Friday, naming Chris Hanks to the post of head athletic trainer and Bobby Slater to assistant head trainerdirector of rehabilitation.

The moves follow long-time trainer Tim Bream leaving earlier this offseason for Penn State.

Hanks is entering his 13th season with the team after joining the Bears as an assistant athletic trainer in 2000.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Hanks spent 11 years at the University of Richmond, including his final three and a half years (January 1997 June 2000) as head athletic trainer. Hanks received a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Ohio University and a Master of Sports Management degree from Richmond.

Slater will be entering his 14th season with the Bears after arriving in Chicago in 1999 as an assistant athletic trainer. He was promoted to director of rehabilitation in 2002. Slater first worked with the Bears as a training camp intern in 1994, then served in the same capacity with the Miami Dolphins in 1995 and again with Chicago in 1998.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Slater was a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1997-99 at Mississippi State University. He was also an athletic trainer at Lee Memorial Hospital (1997) and A. Kagan Orthopedics in Ft. Myers, Florida (1995-97). Slater received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State.

Watch: NBA All-Star Game kicks off with amazing video featuring Chicago icons

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Watch: NBA All-Star Game kicks off with amazing video featuring Chicago icons

As host of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Chicago is on the world's center stage this weekend.

Ahead of Sunday's exhibition at the United Center, TNT broadcasted a goosebump-inducing video to kick-off the action. The tribute featured numerous Chicago icons, who discussed growing up/living in the city and what it means to them personally.

Those appearing in the video:

-Barack Obama
-Michael Jordan
-Common
-Chance the Rapper
-Dwyane Wade
-Candace Parker
-Isiah Thomas
-Buddy Guy
-Keke Palmer
-Jesse Williams
-Hebru Brantley

Jordan spoke for all Chicagoans when describing the impact the city has on its citizens:

"It's like a tattoo â€” it's not removable," the Bulls legend said

Best All-Star game intro ever? No doubt.

3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, but the Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to close out their five-game road trip. Here are three takeaways:

Bad trip

After losing in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks finished their five-game road trip with a 1-4-0 record. They began the trip last Sunday in Winnipeg with a 5-2 loss. 

Sunday's game against the Jets had flashes of good, but it was mostly strong plays from the go-to guys like Kane and Jonathan Toews. All three Jets' goals came from deflections off shots from the point. Overall, the effort and productivity paled in comparison to the lone victory of the trip, Saturday's 8-4 win over the Flames in Calgary on Saturday. 

The Blackhawks, six points out of the second wild card spot, will return home and face the New York Rangers at the United Center on Wednesday. They have 23 regular season games remaining. 

Kane keeps climbing 

With a two-point outing in Winnipeg, Kane tied former Blackhawk Steve Larmer for 87th on the NHL all-time points list with 1,012. 

"Showtime" set up Ryan Carpenter for the first goal of the game at 15:44 of the first period by backhanding a pass towards the front of the net for the crashing Carpenter to bury.

Kane scored with less than a minute remaining in the second period to tie it 2-2 off a three-way passing play with Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik. Kane has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 18 games. 

With the primary assist on Kane's goal, Toews earned his sixth point (two goals, four assists) of the road trip. 

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Sunday's Blackhawks-Jets game was the only NHL contest this season to have zero penalties. This was good news for Toews, who had five minor penalties over the prior four games. 

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