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

Staff Report

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.

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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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