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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks open 2015 training camp

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The Chicago Blackhawks will open training camp Friday at the University of Notre Dame.

The team held a press conference Thursday with star forward Patrick Kane, who is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Hamburg, N.Y.; Hawks president John McDonaugh; general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville. Kane made his first public appearance and statement about the investigation, where he apologized for the distraction and said he is, "confident once all the facts are brought to light, I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong."

The remainder of the press conference related to the organization deflecting questions about Kane's status, and focusing on hockey-related questions. Quenneville also announced the team has named 3-time Stanley Cup-winner Brent Seabrook as the new alternate captain.

HAWKS - 2014-15 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS

**Satchel: Patrick Kane makes statement in tone deaf, unnecessary press conference (SCH)

**Hawks name Brent Seabrook as new alternate captain (SCH)

**Daniel Carcillo announces retirement with moving tribute to Steve Montador (SCH)

**Celebrate Hawks' championship with Second City Dynasty T-shirt (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Predators sign defenseman Trevor Murphy to entry-level contract (On The Forecheck)

**Will Wild miss Kyle Brodziak? (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild Top 25 Under 25: No. 7 Joel Eriksson Ek (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

**Senators bring back Daniel Alfredsson in senior hockey operations role (Puck Daddy)

**Islanders trade Michael Grabner to Maple Leafs for Taylor Beck, 4 prospects (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Jonathan Huberdeau signs two-year, $6.5 million extension with Panthers (Litter Box Cats)

**Coyotes' first-rounder Nick Merkley will miss training camp will collarbone injury (theScore)

**Hurricanes president talks Alexander Semin, adverting on jerseys, relocation rumors (The News&Observer)

**Ducks' Clayton Stoner charged with unlawful grizzly hunt (Vancouver Sun)

**Lightning sign QMJHL defenseman Daniel Walcott to entry-level deal (Raw Charge)

**Islanders, Steve Bernier agree to one-year deal (Lighthouse Hockey)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Dany Heatley signs with Nurnberg Ice Tigers of DEL (theScore)