Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have always had a brother-type relationship on and off the ice since coming up to the National Hockey League together in 2007-08, and now their bromance has shifted to social media.
Toews, who turned 28 years old last Friday, received birthday wishes all day from fans on Twitter, including Kane, who doesn't tweet often — at least during the season.
While the birthday wish was appreciated, the Blackhawks captain still felt a little empty:
Thx man, seriously though what's with the no-follow https://t.co/odMLlU0XWI— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
It took a few days but Kane eventually gave in on Wednesday and followed Toews, albeit reluctantly:
@JonathanToews Sorry, didn't think you would be interesting enough to follow. Here's your follow sir— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) May 4, 2016
Meanwhile, Toews is still getting the hang of Twitter.
Many of the replies he gets are from fans calling him "dad" or "goat," and he can't figure out why:
I guess I am an old man if I don't know what a goat or a dad is on Twitter.. @88PKane ur so cool what are these people talking about— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
The Blackhawks even offered to inform him what it means, but the fans were quick to let Toews know (GOAT is short for "greatest of all time"):
Ha thx guys.. happy to know I'm not getting chirped 100% of the time.. And yeah I read the tweets, fans you guys are the real GOATs.— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
Signing off for the day, Toews couldn't help but throw a friendly jab at Kane:
@88PKane u are an actual 🐐.. Ok I'm done for the day— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
Oh, and Scott Darling joined in on the fun later on, posting a GIF of an actual goat:
It's safe to say the Blackhawks aren't used to these long summers. Chicago isn't either.
The Blackhawks have reportedly signed defenseman Gustav Forsling to a three-year entry-level contract, according to Johan Svensson of Kvällsposten.
According to the report, Forsling's deal will include a loan clause that allows him to return to Europe for the 2016-17 season if he doesn't crack the Blackhawks' roster out of training camp.
The 19-year-old Swedish defenseman spent the last two seasons with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League, where he accumulated nine goals and 18 assists in 86 combined games.
He also played a significant role with Sweden in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, registering three goals and five assists in seven games. His eight points led all defensemen in the tournament, and was tied for fourth-most among all skaters.
Forsling was acquired by the Blackhawks in Jan. 2015 from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Adam Clendening.
He was a fifth-round pick (No. 126 overall) by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
#1 Highest-Rated “Cable” Network in Primetime in April for Households & ALL Key Adult, Male & Female Demos
Chicago, IL (May 4, 2016) – Fueled by the highest-rated pro game telecast in network history (Blackhawks at St. Louis/Game 7 – 19.07 Chicago market household rating), an amazing start to the 2016 MLB season featuring the top team in the American League (White Sox) and the top team in the National League (Cubs), along with a massive month-long marketing blitz, which included a media signage takeover throughout the Metra Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago, Comcast SportsNet’s #WhatAnApril proved to be one of the network’s busiest and best-performing months to date. Note the following April 2016 highlights for Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Comcast SportsNet was the #1-highest rated “cable” television network in the Chicago market during primetime (7:00-10:00 PM CT) for every major TV ratings category including Households (HH) & all key Adult, Male, and Female demo categories (see below chart as it pertains to Adults 25-54).
- Comcast SportsNet was also #1 “overall” in primetime (which includes all broadcast TV stations) in the demo categories of Men 18-34, Men 18-49, and Men 25-54 (NOTE: Comcast SportsNet was #2 overall in Adults 18-34 and #3 overall in Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54).
- Over 5.5 MILLION Chicago market TV households tuned in to 45 live professional game telecasts from April 1 – May 1 (Blackhawks: three regular season/five playoffs; Bulls: three regular season; Cubs: 14 regular season; White Sox: 17 regular season; and Fire: three regular season).
- Comcast SportsNet also attracted an additional 3.7 million Chicago market TV homes tuning in for all editions of Pregame Live and Postgame Live, along with the network’s locally-produced, live sports news, talk, and Original Content programming, which includes SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live. (Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research)
- Comcast SportsNet’s live streaming of its Chicago Bulls game telecasts experienced significant year-to-year traffic growth as over 10.9 MILLION total minutes were consumed by fans in the network’s second season of live streaming coverage on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app (an increase of 30% compared to the 2014-15 season). (Source for all digital traffic information is provided by Adobe Reports & Analytics)