Blackhawks to unveil Hull, Mikita statues

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Blackhawks to unveil Hull, Mikita statues

WATCH: McDonough's announcement

Statues of Chicago Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita will be unveiled on Oct. 22 before the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche, team president John McDonough announced on CSN's pregame show.

The statues will be located on the northeast plaza outside of the United Center. The Blackhawks announced last season that statues would be made of Hull and Mikita, Hall of Famers who helped lead the Blackhawks to their Stanley Cup in 1961.

"HullMikita is a brand here in Chicago," McDonough said during the announcement. "We wanted to make sure we recognized them. I'm proud of what these two brought back to this fan base."

"It's one thing to be a part of such a great organization, but when you have your likeness engraved and placed in a part of this great edifice, it's really something else," Hull said later on the show. "I'm elated... I know it will be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my lifetime."

"I've been quite excited about this whole thing," Mikita said. "We had an opportunity to visit the artist and what a nice job they did. I am as anxious to see it as anyone else."

Mikita is still the franchise career leader in assists (926), points (1,467) and games played (1,394 during parts of 22 seasons).

Hull spent 15 years wearing a Blackhawks uniform, scoring 604 goals and 549 assists in 1,036 games.

The duo helped the Blackhawks capture the 1961 Stanley Cup.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.

Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.

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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.

Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.

Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.

Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.