Pro Hockey. Blackhawks recall Ville Pokka from Rockford

ROCKFORD — The Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday announced that they have recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from the Rockford IceHogs.

The move comes a day after Chicago blueliner Jan Rutta took a big hit against the Florida Panthers and left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. Details of the injury or a timeline for his return have not been announced.

The Blackhawks placed Cody Franson on injured reserve Wednesday. Franson was injured last week against Buffalo.

Pokka, 23, has skated in 26 games with the Hogs this season, notching three goals with nine assists. He ranks second among team defenseman in scoring on the year and has tallied 1g-3a-4pts over his last six games.

The Tornio, Finland native was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (34th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. The blueliner is Rockford’s lone skater to play in each of the team’s 76 games during each of the last two seasons, and has led the team in power-play points during both the 2015-16 campaign (24 points) and 2016-17 season (20 points).

Pokka made his professional debut with the IceHogs during the 2014-15 season and currently ranks first among Hogs defenseman and fifth overall in all-time games played for Rockford. The D-man has combined for 27g-90a-117 pts in 246 career games with the IceHogs.

The IceHogs welcome back the Chicago Wolves to the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22. The first 1,000 fans ages 21 and older will receive a free IceHogs cooler backpack, courtesy of Bud Light. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 815-968-5222 or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office. R.

— This story has been updated.

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