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Pro Hockey: Blackhawks sign Kirby Dach to entry-level contract

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Kirby Dach on a three-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season.

The contract will have an average annual value of $925,000.

Dach, 18, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round-third overall-of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft. He finished third on the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League with 73 points (25G, 48A) in 62 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season. His 48 assists ranked second and his 25 goals ranked third among Saskatoon skaters. Dach added five goals and three assists while helping the Blades to the WHL conference semifinals.

The 6-foot-4, 198-pound center led all WHL rookies with 39 assists and finished fourth in rookie scoring with 46 points during the 2017-18 campaign. He also netted seven markers during the year. Spanning three seasons (2017-19) with the Blades, Dach registered 129 points (38G, 91A) in 133 regular-season games.

A native of St. Albert, Alberta, Dach made his international debut with Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He finished second on the team in scoring with seven points (1G, 6A) in five games during the tournament. Dach also helped his country win a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, registering two goals and five helpers.

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