Sports
6:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Chicago Blackhawks extend contracts for Toews and Kane

The Chicago Blackhawks are giving their two biggest stars a combined 168-million dollars to stick around for eight more seasons.  

The Blackhawks Wednesday announced contract extensions for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The new deals will keep them with the Hawks through 2023.

Each of them will reportedly have an average yearly salary of 10-point-five million dollars. That’s the highest annual average in the history of the NHL.

Back in June General Manager Stan Bowman said getting contract extensions for the two stars was his top offseason priority.

"There’s no doubting the importance of those two players. You know when Patrick and Jonathan came onto the scene it sort of breathed life into our franchise and our team."

Toews, 26, is the Hawks captain and one of the best defensive forwards in the league. And 25-year-old Kane led the team in playoff points each of the last two seasons.