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A decade since the Blackhawks signed Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane to extensions

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A decade since the Blackhawks signed Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane to extensions

On Dec. 3, 2009, the Blackhawks wrote some of the grandest chapters of their rich history, along with some checks to fund them. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith all signed contract extensions with the Hawks on this day before going on the lift the Stanley Cup three times in a Hawks sweater.

Toews was 21 and the youngest captain in the NHL at the time he inked his five-year extension with a $6.3 million average annual value. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Selke and Conn Smythe trophy winner played his 900th game with the Blackhawks on Monday and has 769 points (331 goals, 438 assists) with Chicago.

Kane, whose extension mirrored Toews', was also 21 at the time of the deal and went on to capture Calder, Art Ross, Conn Smythe and Hart trophies in addition to being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft and grabbing Olympic silver. Kane has 971 points (370 goals, 601 assists) in 930 games with the Hawks.

Toews and Kane signed another extension on July 9, 2014, with equal terms sporting an average annual value of $10.5 million through eight years. It was the highest AAV in the league when the contracts kicked in during the 2015-16 season. They are locked up through 2022-23 with a no movement clause.

Keith was 26 when he signed his 13-year extension with an AAV of $5.54 million. The defenseman, currently out with a groin injury, went on to win a Conn Smythe and two Norris trophies in addition to two Olympic gold medals. He's under contract with a no movement clause through 2022-23. Keith has a career +/- rating of +157 and 589 points (99 goals, 490 assists) in 1102 games with the Hawks.

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Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks vs. Sharks in Game 4 of 2010 Western Conference Final

Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks vs. Sharks in Game 4 of 2010 Western Conference Final

Watch the 2010 Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Chicago at 7 p.m on Thursday. 

Spoiler alert! — Do we need those after 10 years? — Up 3-0 in the 2010 Western Conference Final against the Sharks, the Blackhawks had a chance to complete the sweep on home ice at the United Center and reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992. 

The Hawks would score four unanswered goals to do just that.

After trailing 2-0, Brent Seabrook got things going with a goal at 13:15 of the second period.

Dave Bolland tied it 2-2 with his fifth postseason marker at 18:38 of the second. Then, Dustin Byfuglien continued his postseason dominance scoring a power-play goal with seven seconds left on the man advantage off a Patrick Kane pass to give Chicago a 3-2 lead at 14:05 of the third period. It was his third go-ahead-goal of the Western Conference Final.

Kris Versteeg scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation for the 4-2 final score and the Blackhawks clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in front of roaring fans at the UC.

Antti Niemi only had to make 16 saves in the contest. 

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All-Time best Chicago Blackhawks players by jersey numbers

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All-Time best Chicago Blackhawks players by jersey numbers

The Blackhawks sweater is one of the most recognizable in all of sports, let alone hockey.

But who have been the best players to don the Indian Head for each number?

The Blackhawks have retired six numbers (although it's for seven players since Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote doubled up), so those are easy. But what about some of the deeper cuts? Can you name a great No. 23 off the top of your head? No, M.J. doesn't count even though he played in the United Center too...

Here are our picks for the best Blackhawks players, by jersey number.