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Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on while taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
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Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on while taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California (AFP Photo/Jeff Gross)

Chicago (AFP) - Franchise all-stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane agreed to eight-year contract extensions with the Chicago Blackhawks reportedly worth $10.5 million a season, the National Hockey League team said Wednesday.

Toews and Kane were entering the final season of matching five-year, $31.5-million deals. The new contracts run through the 2022-23 season.

"When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said.

"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.

"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."

Toews and Kane have been vital to the revitalization of the historic franchise, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups in the past five years.

Chicago chose Toews third overall in the 2006 NHL Draft and used the first pick of the 2007 NHL entry draft to select Kane.

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