Toews, Kane Extended for 8 years each
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, for eight-years and $10.5 M each per season. The deal makes the duo the highest paid players in NHL history. Their contracts will begin during the 2015-16 season, and run out after the 2022-23 season.
“The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago,” said Chairman Rocky Wirtz. “We are excited for our future and proud that they will continue to be a part of that commitment and success for years to come.”
“The signings of Jonathan and Patrick symbolize an important milestone in franchise history,” said President and CEO John McDonough. “We are driven by the pursuit of consistent excellence and today is a huge step forward.”
“I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I’ve been given by the Chicago Blackhawks,” stated Toews through a press release. He continued, “To have the chance to continue with this amazing group of teammates and people throughout the organization is an incredible honor. There’s nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet.”
Patrick Kane echoed Toews’ comments, “It’s great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing. Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks.”
“Jonathan and Patrick have become cornerstones of this franchise during their time in Chicago,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. “We are excited to ensure they will continue to lead our organization for years to come.”
Chicago opens their season Thursday, October 9th in Dallas.