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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…

Pro Hockey: AHL cancels rest of 2019-20 season, Calder Cup Playoffs

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The president of the American Hockey League, on Monday, announced that the league's Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions," AHL President and CEO David Andrews…

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…

IceHogs top Grand Rapids on road

Staff Report GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Chad Krys notched his first professional goal late in the third and Ben Youds and Joseph Cramarossa each scored in the shootout to lift the Rockford IceHogs over the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 at Van Andel Arena Wednesday. With 7:27 remaining in regulation and the IceHogs down by a goal, John Quenneville entered the zone and backhanded a shot from the right-hand boards that rimmed around to the left wall. Pinching down from the point, Krys shoveled the…

IceHogs still in playoff position despite 3-game skid

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs hit the halfway point o the 2019-2020 season this week and were in are sitting in for fourth place in the Central Division. "We're sticking together," coach Derek King said of his club that's been depleted because of NHL call-ups and injuries. "We are working hard. And if you work hard, good things will happen. And they've been happening for us." Before Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Milwaukee, the IceHogs had dropped two straight to the…

IceHogs fall to Ads, still safe in standings

Staff  Report MILWAUKEE - With 6:51 remaining in regulation and the IceHogs down 1-0, Milwaukee broke in on a 2-on-0 rush. Delia followed a back-door pass across the crease and sprawled to blocker away the Admirals' scoring chance. However, Tommy Novak beat Delia three minutes later to extend the Milwaukee lead to two and put the game out of reach. The IceHogs applied pressure late, but Admirals netminder, Troy Grosenick, shut the door to secure a 24-save shutout and the win for…

IceHogs ‘rebuild’, seek first win of 2020

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - It seems like late September around the BMO Harris Bank Center these days. That's because between NHL call-ups and injuries, the Rockford IceHogs are now building their roster, something teams do at the beginning of a season, not halfway through it. Rockford is currently without forwards John Quenneville, Dylan Sikura, and Matthew Highmore; defensemen Adam Boqvist and Dennis Gilbert and goaltender Kevin Lakinen--six guys the Blackhawks have recalled…

AHL: Kevin Lankinen sets save record, IceHogs outlast top-ranked Milwaukee

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Kevin Lankinen set an IceHogs AHL goaltending record for the most saves in a single game by turning aside 55 shots in Rockford’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Milwaukee Admirals Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Lankinen topped the IceHogs’ previous AHL record of 49 saves originally set by Kent Simpson on Oct. 5, 2013 at San Antonio (49 saves on 51 shots) and matched by Michael Leighton on Dec. 8, 2015 at Texas (49 saves on 52 shots). Lankinen’s…

AHL: Tyler Sikura succeeds Versteeg as IceHogs captain

Staff Report ROCKFORD - IceHogs forward Tyler Sikura has been named the team’s captain for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Sikura receives the “C” following Kris Versteeg’s departure from the organization on Nov. 17. “I’m very proud and happy for Tyler, as this is an honor he has definitely earned from his three years in Rockford,” said Chicago Blackhawks Vice President, Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates and IceHogs General Manager, Mark Bernard. “Tyler has displayed wonderful…

Rockford IceHogs, Kris Versteeg part ways

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Kris Versteeg's second stint with the Rockford IceHogs is over, the team announced Sunday. IceHogs General Manager Mark Bernard said Versteeg and the club have mutually agreed to terminate the two-time Stanley Cup champion's AHL contract, effective immediately. “Earlier this week, Kris approached us about mutually terminating his contract, at which point we asked him to take another couple of days to think about it,” Bernard said. “We spoke again Saturday morning and…

‘Playing for each other’ paying off for young IceHogs

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs are starting to find their identity and their way into the win column. Rockford won two of three games last week, including dealing Toronto its first regulation loss of the 2019-20 season. The 'Hogs have now won five of the last six games and is 7-3-0-0 over their last 10 contests. The Hogs' seven wins over their last 10 games are tied for the second-most in the AHL behind only Tucson (8-2-0-0). "They're starting to play for each…

IceHogs win five of last six games

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The IceHogs won two of three games last week, including dealing Toronto its first regulation loss of the 2019-20 season. Rockford has now won five of the last six games and is 7-3-0-0 over its last 10 contests. The Hogs' seven wins over their last 10 games are tied for the second-most in the AHL behind only Tucson (8-2-0-0). The 'Hogs tied their franchise record for the longest win streak against the Chicago Wolves after winning a fourth straight game in the…