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Rockford IceHogs announce 2019-20 team awards

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs announced Wednesday the recipients of the organization’s annual tam awards for the 2019-20 season. Most Valuable Player & Rookie of the Year: Brandon Hagel After sample of professional action at the end of the 2018-19 season (eight games, one assist) with the IceHogs, rookie Brandon Hagel became a scoring force in the Forest City during the 2019-20 campaign, earning him the team’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. This…

NHL approves 24-team playoff format; no guarantee games will resume

By Stephen When and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers NEW YORK - The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues. "This is a meaningful start, I think, but it's only a start,"…

NHL: Blackhawks fire John McDonough

Staff Report CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz announced Monday that the team has released John McDonough from his role as president and CEO of the organization. McDonough was hired as president of the team in 2007. In 2011, the role of CEO was added to his title. "Thirteen years ago, I recruited John to the Blackhawks because of his leadership, direction and vision. John brought all of that to the table and more. His contributions went well beyond leading the team to…

IceHogs defenseman T.J. Brennan joins fans for Facebook Q&A

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Rockford IceHogs defenseman T.J.Brennan will join fans at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, for a live question-and-answer session on the Rockford IceHogs Facebook Fan Page. Brennan returned to the IceHogs organization in a trade between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 24 and picked up three assists in six games with the IceHogs before the season was postponed. He first spent time with the IceHogs during the 2014-15 season when he contributed…

Former Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg announces retirement

Staff Report TORONTO - Former IceHogs and Blackhawks forward, two-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg, on Tuesday announced his retirement from professional hockey after appearing in 11 NHL seasons. Versteeg amassed 358 points (149 goals, 209 assists) in 643 regular-season games and 48 points over 93 playoff games (18 goals, 30 assists) during his NHL career. “What a run it was," Versteeg said in a statement. "A kid from North Lethbridge who played on the streets every day, dreaming…

Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, Lehner

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks made three roster moves before Monday's 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline. The fist trade sends Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Gustafsson recorded 26 points (6G, 20A) in 59 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 214 career games with Chicago, the defenseman tallied 116 points (28G, 88A). Gustafsson also skated with the Rockford IceHogs during his time with…

Pro Hockey: Blackhawks recall Brandon Hagel

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Brandon Hagel from the Rockford IceHogs, the clubs announced Friday. Hagel, 21, has skated in 38 games with the IceHogs this season, logging 21 points (13g, 8a). He leads the team in goals and is second on the roster in points. Additionally, his 13 markers are tied for sixth among rookies in the American Hockey League. Signed by the Blackhawks on Oct. 30, 2018, he made his professional hockey debut with the IceHogs at…

NHL: Kirby Dach staying with Blackhawks

Staff Report CHICAGO - Kirby Dach is officially staying in Chicago.  The third overall pick from June's draft has played in six NHL games since making his Blackhawks debut just 10 days ago, with a goal and an assist to his name while averaging just shy of 12 minutes of ice time per game. He's showcased a growing comfort level with the pace of play at the NHL level and shown enough to be designated a full-time NHLer, at least in the eyes of Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman…

NHL: Blackhawks recall Adam Boqvist

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks, on Thursday, announced that they have recalled defenseman Adam Boqvist from the Rockford IceHogs. In addition, the IceHogs have recalled defenseman Jack Ramsey from their ECHL affiliate, the Indy Fuel. Boqvist, 19, has skated in six AHL games with the IceHogs this season, scoring one goal on Oct. 30 against the San Antonio Rampage. The power-play marker was the first goal of his professional career, and the rookie blueliner has also fired 14…

Hockey: Blackhawks to face former IceHogs forward P.C. Labrie in Germany

By Chris Kuc CHICAGO - Erik Gustafsson smiled when asked his recollection of Pierre-Cedric Labrie, a former teammate on the Rockford IceHogs. "Big monster," Gustafsson said. To clarify, the Blackhawks defenseman meant that in an endearing way. "He's a great guy, a great leader on and off the ice," Gustafsson said of Labrie. "He's not the most skilled guy out there but he works hard. You know exactly what he's going to do and when I play against him I have to keep my head up. It's…

Pro Hockey: Goaltender Kevin Lankinen assigned to Rockford IceHogs

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday announced they have reassigned goaltender Kevin Lankinen to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. Lankinen, 24, split the 2018-19 season between the IceHogs and ECHL's Indy Fuel, posting a 7-8-4 record with a 2.50 GAA and .910 save percentage with Rockford while helping to guide the team's trio of netminders to the second-best save percentage in the AHL. He won just two two of his first 10 AHL outings through Jan. 18…

Blackhawks: Dylan Sikura among a dozen sent to Rockford

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Forward Dylan Sikura was among a dozen players the Chicago Blackhawks sent to the Rockford IceHogs Saturday.  Sikura, 24, skated in 33 games with Chicago last season and recorded eight assists. He tallied 17 goals and 18 assists in 46 contests with the IceHogs. The move will mark the second straight season Sikura will join his older brother Tyler in Rockford.  Also assigned to Rockford Saturday were Matthew Highmore, Brandon Hagel, Philipp Kurashev,…

Pro Hockey: Blackhawks send 9 players to Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned nine players to the Rockford IceHogs.  Defenseman Jake Ryczek, Chad Krys and Jack Ramsey, along with forwards Tyler Sikura, Kris Versteeg, Graham Knott, Dylan McLaughlin, Nathan Noel and Tim Soderlund were reassigned Friday.  Knott, 22, skated in more than 50 games with the IceHogs for the second straight season in 2018-19, tallying a career-high 13 points (4g, 9a) and 24 penalty minutes in 56 contests. The Etobicoke,…

NHL: Blackhawks release training camp roster

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks, on Monday, announced the roster for their 2019 training camp that begins Friday, Sept. 13, with a practice at Fifth Third Arena. The roster includes 55 players: 32 forwards, 17 defensemen and six goaltenders. Twenty players appeared in at least one game for the Blackhawks during the 2018-19 season. Nineteen saw action with the Rockford IceHogs. On Sunday, fans will get a chance to see the Blackhawks at the annual Training Camp Festival,…

NHL: Blackhawks release Prospect Tournament roster

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks, on Wednesday, announced their roster for the 2019 Prospect Tournament, which will take place Sept. 6-10 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. The team includes 24 players (14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders). Six skated with the Rockford IceHogs during the 2018-19 season. Chicago’s roster is highlighted by the third overall selection in the 2019 National Hockey League Draft, Kirby Dach, as well as their 2018…