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Blackhawks agree to terms with Klinkhammer, Richards

Monday, 07.11.2011 / 4:16 PM / News
By Chicago Blackhawks
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Blackhawks agree to terms with Klinkhammer, Richards
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Rob Klinkhammer on a one-year contract, and goaltender Alec Richards on a two-year contract.

Klinkhammer, 24, made his National Hockey League debut on Dec. 8, 2010, registering one shot and a +1 plus/minus rating against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. The Lethbridge, Alberta, native paced the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs with a +14 rating, ranked fourth with a career-high 17 goals that included 16 markers at even-strength, and finished third with a career-best 46 points in 76 regular-season tilts during the 2010-11 campaign. Over parts four American Hockey League seasons he has registered 126 points (54G, 72A) in 290 regular-season tilts with the Norfolk
Admirals (2007-08) and Rockford (2008-11) and three points (G, 2A) in eight postseason contests with the IceHogs.

Richards, 23, led Rockford netminders with two shutouts and a 2.89 GAA in 44 appearances in his first full professional campaign. The Robbinsdale, Minnesota, native posted a 17-21-2 mark between the pipes for the IceHogs. He has recorded 20 wins over parts of two seasons with the IceHogs following a decorated collegiate career at Yale University.