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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why Jonathan Toews is a Top-20 center and answering your mailbag questions

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why Jonathan Toews is a Top-20 center and answering your mailbag questions

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic offer their thoughts on Jonathan Toews being left off NHL Network's Top-20 center rankings and make their case for why he should be on the list.

The guys also answer your mailbag questions, including whether Patrick Kane and Toews have another Stanley Cup run in them, Kirby Dach's chances at making the Blackhawks out of training camp and what the lines may look like on Opening Night.

0:43 – NHL Network keeps Jonathan Toews off top-20 centers list

8:45 – Will Blackhawks move on from Brendan Perlini?

11:30 – Status of DeBrincat and Strome contract extensions

14:35 – Do Toews and Kane have another Stanley Cup run in them?

18:26 – Thoughts on a Saad-Dach-Shaw third line?

22:08 – Evaluating the Hawks’ current playoff chances

24:45 – Who is the Hawks No. 1 goalie?

27:04 – Will the Hawks make more roster moves?

30:48 – Frontrunners for Hawks bottom-six roles?

33:13 – What the Hawks lines might look like?

37:11 – The Erik Gustafsson situation going forward

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

On Friday, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane authored a Twitter thread against racism composed of four tweets that read as follows:

"Racism and injustice in our country must end.  

"As a white male in this society, I will never truly understand. But I want to help in this fight for change - and I know I cannot do that in silence. 

"I’m here to listen and to educate myself – but most importantly, to act. While I have so much more to learn and do, I was inspired by @jahmal_cole words, ‘What’s something simple I can do that will have a positive impact on my block?’

"Today, I’m contributing to Chicago’s own @mbmhmc (My Block, My Hood, My City) and @ASPChicago (All Stars Project of Chicago) and encourage others to learn more about the many inspirational and impactful organizations serving the black community.

"You may have seen this video already, but I think it’s important to share. It helped me begin to better understand systemic racism and open my eyes to the problems many may not be aware of."

Kane linked the following video, titled "Systemic Racism Explained", in his final tweet:

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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goalie Malcolm Subban participated in a By the Hand Club event for Kids in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side Thursday. 

Per ChicagoBears.com, the event was coordinated by Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson also took part in the function, along with Cubs players Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis and the Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono and Max Strus. 

The pro athletes spoke with children and representatives from the By the Hand Club, BUILD and the Westside Health Authority. Chicago police officers also joined to help form "healing circles." 

The group then took a bus tour of the neighborhood led by Alderman Emma Mitts and a youth leader from the By the Hand Club. Congressman Danny Davis also spoke to the group. 

The By the Hand Club for Kids is an after-school program whose mission is "helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have an abundant life."

BUILD — Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership — an organization focusing on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, strives "to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities."



The Westside Health Authority provides services, promotes wellness and development, and encourages and enables growth, engagement and positive change. Its mission is "to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community."

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