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Blackhawks Sign Five-Year Extension With WGN-TV

Remember the era when the Blackhawks wouldn't televise home games?

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That ended with the death of "Dollar Bill" Wirtz -- his son Rocky, now head of the team, opened up home games to TV, and inked WGN-TV to a deal to carry some of the games beginning with the 2008-09 season. Unlike the Bulls, Cubs and White Sox games carried on WGN, though, Blackhawks games are not seen on WGN America, only in Chicago.

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Today, the Blackhawks announced that they have extended their contract with WGN-TV for five more seasons, through the 2015-16 season.

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“The Chicago Blackhawks are very proud of our association with WGN-TV,” said Blackhawks President John McDonough. “They represent the finest local sports programming in America and this extension is another step forward for our franchise.”

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"We're proud to continue this great partnership with the Blackhawks on WGN-TV, where Chicago's Very Own plays," said Marty Wilke, VP/General Manager of WGN-TV/CLTV. "Our viewers will get more of what they want and it's clear they love their Chicago Blackhawks."

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The next Blackhawks telecast on WGN-TV is a Presidents' Day matinee, at 1 p.m. CST, Monday, Feb. 21 at St. Louis.