July 9, 2014 1:14 pm

Blackhawks reach 8-year contract extensions with Toews, Kane

(L-R) Bryan Bickell #29, Jonathan Toews #19 and Partick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Bickell's second period goal against the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

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CHICAGO – The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews and star forward Patrick Kane.

General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest off-season priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday. The Blackhawks did not release the value of the deals that keep the two stars in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.

Chicago selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013.

Kane had 29 goals and 40 assists and Toews finished with 28 goals and 40 assists this season. The Blackhawks lost to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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