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Blackhawks celebrate extensions for Toews, Kane

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are looking forward to a bright future with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The high-scoring forwards thanked the organization, their teammates, family and friends at a press conference on Wednesday to celebrate their lucrative contract extensions that run through the 2022-23 season.

Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz says it's a historic moment for the franchise, and Toews and Kane say they are excited to continue with the only NHL team they have ever known.

The eight-year contracts, which were announced last week, are worth $84 million apiece for an average annual value of $10.5 million. Each player has one year left on their five-year extensions from December 2009.

Agent Pat Brisson, who represents both players, says they could have commanded as much as $13.8 million per season, but it was important to them to stay together and keep winning.

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