By Chris Block
On Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have reached terms on a 1-year contract with center Pete Leblanc. It will be a two-way (NHL/AHL) agreement.
Leblanc was originally the Blackhawks 7th round selection (186th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After spending four years at the University of New Hampshire, Leblanc turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs.
The Hamilton, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs on AHL contracts as the Blackhawks had elected not to offer Leblanc an NHL contract until now.
In 70 games this season, Leblanc has posted 23 goals and 20 assists for the IceHogs. Since being a healthy scratch for three consecutive games in early November, Leblanc has scored all 23 of his goals over the most recent 61 contests.
He is currently tied for the team lead in goals scored (23) with Brandon Pirri. And Leblanc is second on the team in overall points, trailing Pirri by twelve points, with 43. Leblanc has a plus/minus rating of plus-2. It was Leblanc’s elevated level of play that caused veteran Brett McLean to slip down the IceHogs depth chart and even to the wing on the fourth line before McLean opted to play out the rest of the season in Switzerland. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Contract Signing, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Admirals, Alexander Salak, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Svendsen, Brian Fahey, Carter Hutton, Connor Goggin, Contract Signing, Eric Baier, IceHogs, Joe Lavin, Kent Simpson, Mark McNeill, Milwaukee, Paul Zanette, Pete Leblanc, Phillip Danault, Rob Flick, Rostislav Olesz, Shawn Lalonde, Simon Danis-Pepin, Terry Broadhurst
By Chris Block
Some quick notes leading into tonight’s game in Rockford between the IceHogs and Houston Aeros.
Brandon Pirri returns to the ‘Hogs lineup after missing the past seven games with a knee injury.
Orland Park, Illinois native and recent Chicago Blackhawks signing Terry Broadhurst will make his professional debut tonight. Broadhurst will at least start out on Brandon Pirri’s left wing.
Broadhurst is listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds and is a left-handed shot.
Mark McNeill and Kyle Beach will be kept together as they were most of Friday night. Rob Flick shifts from center to left wing on their line with Pirri getting back into the lineup.
Paul Zanette is out. He left last night’s game with an upper body injury late in the second period and did not return. He was favoring his right arm as he left the ice with the Rockford trainer.
Here are Rockford’s lineups and scratches for tonight’s game with the Houston Aeros Read more
IceHogs’ center Brandon Pirri – photo: Rockford IceHogs
By Chris Block
Rockford IceHogs (8-10-1-0) drop the puck on a three-game weekend tonight when the Lake Erie Monsters (9-10-1-1) visit the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7:05. This will be the first time this season Rockford has had to play three games on consecutive days. They’ll do so again next weekend. In both cases, the first two games are at home, followed by a game day bus trip on Sunday.
Tonight’s game also marks the return of former Hogs Evan Brophey, Hugh Jessiman and defenseman Mike Brennan.
Brophey comes in on a 4-game point streak (2g, 2a). He registered his first career hat trick on 11/11/11 against San Antonio. Brophey turns 25 on Saturday. His IceHogs/Blackhawks tenure ended in suspension last March when he stepped out of the penalty box and destroyed Hamilton Bulldogs forward Hunter Bishop with an open ice blind side hit. Brophey received a season-ending 7-game suspension after playing in two subsequent games that weekend before the AHL got around to holding a hearing following the March 25th hit.
Hugh Jessiman had posted a goal in four consecutive games prior to Lake Erie’s 2-1 loss to Houston on Wednesday night. In 17 games this season, Jessiman has 7 goals and 9 points. Last season, prior to being sent to the Panthers in the Jack Skille-Michael Frolik/Alexander Salak swap, Jessiman had just 3 goals and 5 points in 25 games with Rockford. Jessiman was struggling with groin issues while with the IceHogs. Read more
Posted in IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Abbotsford, Andrew Shaw, Attendance, Brandon Pirri, Byron Froese, Chris DiDomenico, Dylan Olsen, Evan Brophey, Hugh Jessiman, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Lake Erie, Mike Brennan, Paul Zanette, Peoria, Rivermen, Rob Flick, Rostislav Olesz, Simon Danis-Pepin, Ted Dent
On this edition of TTMI~Radio I’m joined by Mike Peck, the voice of the Rockford IceHogs.
Mike returns to help us preview the 2011-12 IceHogs’ season by examining the coaching change, new bench boss Ted Dent and the AHL squad’s roster turnover. We also get Mike’s scouting report on Brandon Segal, who spent the last half of the 2004-05 season in Rockford while a member of the Nashville Predators’ organization.
We also take a look at important players up front and on the defense this year in the wake of key losses offensively as well in experience and leadership. Ben Smith, Joe Lavin, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin are discussed as well. We also get an update on rink refurbishments currently going on at the Beemo Center.
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Rockford IceHogs single-game tickets are now on sale at IceHogs.com or you can buy tickets by calling (815) 968-5222. Advanced single-game tickets are available starting at $7.00, up to $22.00. Day-of-game sales are an additional $1 per seat.
The IceHogs open their regular season home slate on Saturday night October 8th against the Grand Rapids Griffins. You can view the entire IceHogs’ schedule here or in printable PDF form here.
Rockford will also host two preseason home games at BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the MetroCentre). The first versus the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night September 28th at 7:05pm. Then on Saturday October 1 against the Peoria Rivermen, also at 7:05.
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Tagged Brandon Pirri, Brandon Segal, Brian Connelly, Chris DiDomenico, David Gilbert, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, IceHogs tickets, Jeff Taffe, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Paul Zanette, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Podcast, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton
Blackhawks acquired the rights to Jonathan Toews’ younger brother on Friday.
David Toews arrives via the New York Islanders in exchange for future considerations.
It should be noted that David Toews did not have a pro contract with the Islanders and so far the Blackhawks have not tendered him one either.
David Toews is turning pro after completing his amateur career in the Western Hockey League this past spring. He has joined Blackhawks’ prospects in Oshawa this weekend for the four-day round-robin rookie tournament. Like his brother, David is a centerman.
“Stan Bowman called me and wanted me to know that they weren’t trying to do Johnny any favors,” David Toews told the Free Press. “(Bowman) said he liked me as a player and they’re pretty familiar with me because I’ve been training in Chicago all summer.”
David Toews, 21, was drafted by the Islanders in 2008, 66th overall in the third round. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps attending North Dakota for two years but struggled for ice time and left following his sophomore season. Toews joined the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) last season and as an overager scored 20 goals and 28 assists in 60 regular season games. Read more
Posted in News and Notes, Prospects
Tagged Bryan Muir, Chris Campoli, David Toews, Fernando Pisani, Jonathan Toews, Kent Simpson, Kyle Wellwood, Lorne Molleken, Marty Turco, Matt Ellison, Patrick Kane, Paul Zanette, Ryan Flinn, Ryan Johnson