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Kane, Toews connect with Hawks legends

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Every time Patrick Kane runs into Bobby Hull, the Blackhawks legend always has one message for the team's 22-year-old superstar.

"All [Hull] tells me to do is shoot the puck every time I see him," Kane said. "I don't think we're the same exact player, but there's some similarities."

Kane and his teammates have gotten a chance to develop relationships with players from the Hawks' 1961 Stanley Cup-winning team, which was honored Sunday at the United Center.

""We have one very large thing in common now," captain Jonathan Toews said. "You never turn a deaf ear to one of those guys that's for sure."

Toews has developed a connection with Ab McDonald, who won three Stanley Cups with the Canadiens prior to joining the Hawks in 1961.

"I've seen him in Winnipeg a couple times," Toews said. "He's got family back there and there a lot of mutual acquaintances too. He's a great person and a great guy. [You get] a lot of great stories and advice from a guy like that. He's someone you definitely want to listen to."

Kane said Hull seems to be able to say whatever he wants. Hull and Stan Mikita will have their own statues outside the United Center by early next season.

"Every time I see [Hull] it seems like a really good time," Kane said. "It seems like he could get away with whatever he wants as far as talking. He can say whatever he wants and gets away with it. It's pretty impressive.

"He's got a lot of good stories about them on the road and how much fun they had as a team."

Of course, Toews and Kane also notice how the game has changed through their conversations.

"Glenn Hall was telling me, 'I don't understand why you guys have the morning practices before games. We used to just go out there and play,' " Toews said. "That's the way I wish it would be right now too. You kind of learn how the game has changed. But at the end, they're not much different than we are."

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I watched a lot of hockey back in the 60's when Hull, Mikita, Hall and Erick Nesterenko played. A question came up between my buddy and myself about the Hawks playing on Christmas day and New Years day back years ago. I say they did, he says they didn't. Do you know?

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