Blackhawks' Patrick Kane named 2016 Hart Trophy finalist

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane named 2016 Hart Trophy finalist

Patrick Kane was named a 2016 Hart Trophy finalist, annually awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League, the league announced Saturday. Dallas' Jamie Benn and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby were also named finalists.

Kane is looking to become the fifth player in franchise history to win the award and join Max Bentley (1945-46), Al Rollins (1953-54), Bobby Hull (1964-65, 1965-66) and Stan Mikita (1966-67, 1967-68) as the only others to win it in a Blackhawks uniform. He's also looking to make history by seeking to become the first U.S.-born player to win the Hart Trophy.

Earlier this year, Kane became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy after leading the league with 106 points during the regular season.

He scored 46 goals and 60 assists in 82 regular-season games this season, both of which set a career high. 

The highlight of Kane's season came at the beginning of the campaign when he registered at least a point in 26 consecutive games, which broke a Blackhawks record — previously held by Bobby Hull (19) — and set a new record for most by an American-born player — previously set by Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (18).

On Friday, Kane was also named a Ted Lindsay Award finalist, given annually to the NHL's most outstanding player that is voted on by his peers.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule


Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

Uncap those markers and start circling your calendars, Blackhawks fans. The 2018-19 season is officially out.

The Blackhawks will kick off their 91st campaign in franchise history with a road contest against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Oct. 7, with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m.

The Blackhawks have 14 back-to-back games, and the longest road trip of the season is three, which takes place five times over the course of the season; the longest homestand is four games, from Dec. 12-18.

The biggest highlight of the season will be the Original Six Winter Classic Showdown between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the sixth outdoor appearance for Chicago, and fourth in the Winter Classic.

The Blackhawks will also square off with the defending champion Washington Capitals on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and welcome them to Chicago on Jan. 20, set for NBC's Game of the Week at 11:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the full schedule: