Sports Chicago Blackhawks purchase Rockford IceHogs

22:21  07 april  2021
22:21  07 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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The Chicago Blackhawks have officially purchased their AHL affiliate, with an agreement in place to keep them around for the long-term. The Blackhawks announced today that they have completed the purchase of the AHL’s Rockford Icehogs . As part of the deal, the Icehogs will remain in Since then, “128 IceHogs players have skated in an NHL game, 97 of which have skated with the Blackhawks ,” said the team’s press release. These include legends like Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook . Beyond the players themselves, head coach Jeremy Colliton was the Icehogs ’ bench boss before being

The City of Rockford , RAVE, the State of Illinois, and the Chicago Blackhawks are partnering to invest in building improvements to the BMO Harris Bank Center, home of the IceHogs . Fueled in part by Governor Pritzker's bipartisan Rebuild Illinois billion capital plan, the project will modernize "Not only will this million investment create over 250 construction jobs, retain hundreds of existing positions at the arena, and generate tens of millions in economic activity for the region - but we're also opening the door for the Chicago Blackhawks to formally purchase their AHL affiliate, securing the

If you’re a fan of the Rockford IceHogs, Wednesday was a good day. The Chicago Blackhawks have officially announced the purchase of the minor-league affiliate, agreeing to keep the IceHogs in Rockford until at least 2036. The two clubs had already been affiliated since 2007, but the IceHogs had previously operated as an independent and were owned by the city of Rockford.

A view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports A view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo.

While the purchase price comes in at $11.8M, the deal will also include further investment in the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Blackhawks become the 21st NHL team to own their AHL affiliate, a situation that only helps the development and stability of minor-league players.

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he Blackhawks have purchased the Rockford IceHogs , which has been their American Hockey League affiliate since the 2007-08 season. "For the past 14 years, the Rockford IceHogs have been an invaluable asset as an affiliate for the development of our players and staff at the Chicago Blackhawks ," President of Hockey Operations and GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to use the IceHogs as an extension of the Blackhawks to reinvigorate our roster with talent that is built from within, develop our young players and create depth throughout our system."

Rockford fans are used to high-quality hockey at the BMO Harris Bank Center and the IceHogs current owners say they’re doing everything to secure more faceoffs, saves, and goals for years to come. “Before COVID-19 hit we started discussions with the Blackhawks about how do we ensure a long Currently, the team is owned by the City of Rockford , and run by RAVE. The request for proposal allows other groups to put a bid in to own the IceHogs , many believe the best suiter is the team’s current NHL partner. “The Blackhawks have expressed an interest not only to continue to do what

Rockford is having a terrible season, winning just six of their first 19 games in the remade Central Division. But with this kind of investment, the Blackhawks will have even further incentive to make the IceHogs not only a development stop but a dominant minor-league franchise.

Many of the players that have helped Chicago become Stanley Cup champions in the past have spent time in the AHL with Rockford. Names like Corey Crawford, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw all spent some of their formative playing years with the IceHogs, developing the skills that would lead them to success in the NHL.

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The Rockford IceHogs , the Blackhawks ’ AHL affiliate, likely will be sold by the City of Rockford to the Hawks in 2021. The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE), which oversees the IceHogs , filed a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday to accept bids on the team. “At the direction of our ownership, we are exploring many ways in which the Chicago Blackhawks can work more closely with the city of Rockford and the American Hockey League to enhance our standing in the sport while increasing that economic benefit to the city and state,” the Hawks said in a statement.

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