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Blackhawks release team statement, stand by name and Native American logo

Blackhawks release team statement, stand by name and Native American logo

In light of the news that MLB's Cleveland Indians and the NFL's Washington Redskins are considering name changes, the Blackhawks released a team statement on Tuesday standing by their name and Native American logo.

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The full statement reads:

The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public.

We celebrate Black Hawk’s legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups. As the team’s popularity grew over the past decade, so did that platform and our work with these important organizations.

We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation.

Moving forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people.

We will continue to serve as stewards of our name and identity, and will do so with a commitment to evolve. Our endeavors in this area have been sincere and multi-faceted, and the path forward will draw on that experience to grow as an organization and expand our efforts.

Podcast: Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights series preview with Ryan Carpenter

Podcast: Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights series preview with Ryan Carpenter

The schedule is out and we are all set for a tough series between the Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights. In the first part of the podcast host Pat Boyle is joined by current Blackhawk and former Knight Ryan Carpenter who discusses playing his former team and former Hawks teammate Robin Lehner, and what life is like inside the Bubble. Later on, Pat is joined by the NBCS Chicago Blackhawks content team of Slavko Bekovic, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Nick Gismondi as they preview the series.

(1:18) - Carpenter describes the 4th line performance in the Oilers series

(4:20) - Carpenter on playing against his former teammates

(7:00) - Carpenter talks life inside of the Bubble

(10:00) - NBCS Chicago Blackhawks vs. Knights preview

(16:30) - Robin Lehner will be motivated vs the Hawks

(24:40) - How will the Hawks blue line fair against the Knights?

(32:24) - Scheduled times for the first 4 games of the series

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Will NHL playoff series vs. Golden Knights be 'Showtime' for Patrick Kane?

Will NHL playoff series vs. Golden Knights be 'Showtime' for Patrick Kane?

There was a lot to be wowed by in the Blackhawks' upset performance in their Stanley Cup Qualifiers series against the Edmonton Oilers, but for once it wasn't Patrick Kane. It was a very rare occasion where his spin-o-ramas, backhand roofers and no-look passes weren't part of the Hawks' highlight reels.

Kane had four points (one goal, three assists) in the Hawks' qualifying round series vs. the Oilers, pretty good for most players, but at 31 Kane's on-ice ability and offseason dedication still tower over the vast majority of NHL forwards.

During the regular season, he had 84 points (33 goals, 51 assists) in 70 games before the NHL pause, good for eighth in the league.

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"I thought he had his chances. A few were blocked in good situations," Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said of Kane's performance in the Oilers series on Monday. "I think he's playing well. Do I believe he'll produce more? Yeah, I do. I think he's a guy that he always comes through in the big moments. We were able to win the series with him not having huge numbers, but I still think he was a big part of our win in the series."

Going back a bit, the superstar winger is in a brief postseason funk. In the Blackhawks' last three playoff series, including this year's qualifying round vs. Edmonton, Kane only recorded three goals on 65 shots, but had phenomenal regular season runs during those stretches.

Kane won the Art Ross and Hart trophies for most points during the regular season and most valuable player during the regular season in 2016, the same year the Hawks lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues in seven games. In 2017, Chicago was swept by the Nashville Predators, a more devastating first-round exit. 

The 2013 playoff MVP and three-time Stanley Cup champ is hoping to turn things around for himself and the Blackhawks vs. the Golden Knights in Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Tuesday.

"I think the important thing for me was I felt like I was starting to find my game a little bit as the series went on against Edmonton," Kane said Monday. "So just try to create chances for myself, my linemates, on the power play... but also at the same time, you got to realize that you are in playoff hockey and it's going to be a little bit tougher to score goals. And it might be a little bit tougher to score goals against a detail-structured team like Vegas. So got to stay patient as well, but it's always fun to play playoff hockey and there's nothing better than scoring in the playoffs and helping your team that way, so try to do that a little bit more this series."

The Knights aren't concerned with Kane's last few postseason series, they know the player's potential, body of work, ability and the threat level he presents, especially with some serviceable youth by his side now. 

"You sprinkle in some really good, young talent with some guys that have been all-stars, superstars in our league for quite some time... any time you do that and they start clicking, it makes it difficult to defend against," Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. "Patrick Kane is one of the hardest guys to play one-on-one in the league. It's not just defenseman, it's how our forwards pick him up, how our forwards come back hard and help us out that allows us to play our gaps a little bit tighter because that's what's going to frustrate skilled players."