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Pro Hockey: IceHogs forward DiDomenico signs to play in Switzerland

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Chris DiDomenico, the Rockford IceHogs forward who led the entire American Hockey League in scoring during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, will play in Switzerland’s National League for the next two seasons.

The IcHogs announced Wednesday that DiDomenico has signed a two-year contract with the SCL Tigers of the National League in Switzerland that runs through the 2019-20 season and includes an option for a third.

It will be the 29-year-old’s seconds stint with SCL in his 13-year pro career. He played four seasons with the club before being signed by the Ottawa Senators in 2017.

DiDomenico totaled 38 points in 50 AHL games between the Syracuse Crunch, Belleville Senators and the IceHogs in 2017-18. He was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Ville Pokka on Feb. 15, and made his Rockford season debut on Feb. 23 at Wilkes- Barre/Scranton. He averaged better than a point per game with the ‘Hogs, logging 23 points on eight goals and 15 assists through 22 appearances during the regular season. He burst onto the scene with the IceHogs by posting Rockford’s longest point streak since 2013-14 when he collected points in 10 straight contests from March 16 – April 6.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native also starred during the IceHogs’ postseason run to the Western Conference Finals, leading the AHL in points and setting Rockford’s all-time postseason scoring record with 18 points (7g, 11a) in 13 playoff contests. He completed his playoff tear with points in 10 of 13 games and five multi-point efforts.

DiDomenico departs Rockford for a second time with 40 points (10g, 30a) in 96 career regular-season games. Before his 2018 return, he skated 74 games for the ‘Hogs during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. R.
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