Blackhawks Notes: NHL Skills Challenge, Hawks’ Well Represented in NHL Top 100 List

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks will be well represented this weekend in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, with four players selected to the Central Division team, the most of any franchise in the league.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Corey Crawford will all suit up tomorrow night in the NHL’s annual exhibition of the best talent in the league, but before they do, they will take part in the NHL All-Star Skill Challenge this evening.

In the Skills Challenge Relay, Duncan Keith will participate in the one-timers portion of the relay, with Jonathan Toews matching up with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings in the passing portion of the relay. Patrick Kane will match up with Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames in the stick handling portion of the skills relay competition.

In the Draft Kings NHL Accuracy Shooting competition Patrick Kane will take on Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the competition.

Catch the Blackhawks All-Star’s in tonight’s NHL All-Star Game Skills Challenge at 6:00 pm (Central Time) on NBCSN.

Blackhawks Well Represented in the NHL Top 100 List

The NHL released a list of the 100 greatest players in the history of the NHL in honor of their ongoing centennial year celebration. The Chicago Blackhawks are well represented on the newly released list of all-time greats, with nine players making the cut.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith join former Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard, Max Bentley and Glenn Hall as nine of the greatest players in NHL history.

The Blackhawks three active players named to the prestigious list matches the three active players throughout the rest of the league named to the list this week. The fact that Toews and Kane are still in their twenties and have already been deemed two of the greatest players to ever skate in the NHL’s storied history is simply amazing.

Duncan Keith had this to say about being name to the list, “I guess that counts for something, being on a winner,” said Keith. “I normally stay pretty much in the moment, thinking about what’s happening now and not so much about the big picture. But when I found out about this, being included in the top 100, that got my attention.”

The trio of Kane, Toews, and Keith have brought the city of Chicago three Stanley Cup Championships since they arrived in the windy city, doubling the amount of Stanley Cup Championships won by the Blackhawks in the franchise’s history before their arrival.

Patrick Kane has played 709 games to this point in his career and tallied 712 points (266 Goals, 446 Assists) thus far, while Jonathan Toews the team’s captain throughout the current era of Blackhawks hockey sits behind Kane with 592 points (260 Goals, 332 Assists) over the course of 687 games. Duncan Keith has amassed 491 points (88 Goals, 403 Assists) over the course of his 884 games played.

The trio has combined for 1,795 points, 614 goals, and 1,181 assists over the course of their careers, and each have claimed a Conn Smythe Trophy over the course of their three Stanley Cup Championships won together.

Being named as members of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time is a well deserved honor for three of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time, and the cornerstones of one of the greatest dynasties in the modern era of professional sports.

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