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Morning Bag Skate: IceHogs, Blackhawks to meet next week about AHL affiliation

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

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The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment board approved a deal Friday to keep the Rockford IceHogs playing at the BMO Harris Bank Center next season, and they'll meet next week with the Chicago Blackhawks to renew the AHL affiliation.


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