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Toews, Keith selected among first six All-Stars

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Toews, Keith selected among first six All-Stars

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010
11:45 AM
By Jamie Bradley
CSNChicago.com

The NHL announced on Tuesday that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and teammate Duncan Keith have been selected to the 2011 All-Star Game. Toews and Keith joined Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fluery of the Pittsburgh Penguins as the six highest vote-getters in this years fan balloting.

Crosby received the most votes with 635,509, followed by Toews who recorded an impressive 407,676 tallies. Keith finished in fifth place with just under 400,000.

These six players will be joined by 36 additional All-Stars who are to be announced on Jan. 11.

Once all 42 All-Stars are chosen, the players will decide upon two team captains who will select their own teams in a fantasy draft reminiscent of a pick up game.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and assistant coach Mike Haviland will join Toews and Keith at the event as coaches of one of the two teams. Exactly which team they will be in charge of, however, will be selected by a coin toss.

With this new "fantasy draft" setup, it's entirely possible that Toews and Keith could end up playing against one another, or against their coaches, depending on the outcome of the draft.

The NHL All-Star Game will be held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

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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: