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BLACKHAWKS SEND TOIVONEN AND RICHMOND TO ROCKFORD

By: Mike Peck
Fallon recalled, sent to St. Louis, Boyle to Peoria   

Chicago, Ill.-The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen (HA-noo, TOI-voh-nuhn) and defenseman Danny Richmond from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Joe Fallon and have assigned both players to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

In addition, Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced that the IceHogs have traded defenseman Daryl Boyle to the Peoria Rivermen (AHL).

Toivonen, 25, has notched an 11-11-3 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 26 games with Peoria this season. The Kalvola, Finland, native has appeared in 61 career National Hockey League contests with the Boston Bruins (2005-07) and St. Louis (2007-08) registering an 18-24-10 record with a 3.37 goals against average and an .890 save percentage.

The Bruins’ first round pick, 29th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Toivonen spent the 2008-09 season with Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga (Finland) posting a 19-23-0 record with a 2.68 goals-against average in 52 regular-season games. He last appeared in the NHL during the 2007-08 campaign with the Blues, accruing a 6-10-5 mark in 23 outings.

Overall, Toivonen has racked up 74 wins (74-62-11) in 154 career AHL regular-season tilts with the Providence Bruins (2003-05, 2006-07) and Peoria (2007-08, 2009-10) spanning five years of action. He was originally acquired by St. Louis in exchange for Carl Soderberg on July 23, 2007 before signing with the organization as a free agent on July 9, 2009.

Richmond, 25, has posted 15 assists, 16 points and 135 penalty minutes in 54 contests with the Rivermen this season. The Chicago native was a member of the Blackhawks organization for parts of three seasons (2005-08), which includes collecting two assists and 68 penalty minutes in 39 tilts with the NHL club. He has appeared in 49 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06), accruing three assists and 75 penalty minutes, which includes appearing in a career-high 22 matchups with Chicago in 2006-07.

Carolina’s second round  choice, 31st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Richmond has racked up 127 points (29G, 98A) and 805 penalty minutes in 350 career AHL games spanning six seasons of action.

Fallon, 25, has notched a 15-10-1 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 29 games this season with Rockford during his second professional campaign. He was originally drafted the Blackhawks with their sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Boyle, 23, has played in 52 games with Rockford this season and has totaled 4 goals, 16 assists and 20 points. In his second season, Boyle went undrafted and spent his rookie campaign with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL).

Next Home Game: Wednesday, March 3 vs. Lake Erie Monsters. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m.  IceHogs game-worn jerseys of Danny Bois, Akim Aliu, Jonathan Carlsson, Bryan Bickell and Joe Fallon will be given away during the game. It’s also a Golden Goal game, where fans will have a chance to win $10,000 if the IceHogs score with 9:10 left on the clock in the third period.  High School and college students will also be able to get the best available ticket after 6 p.m. for just $10 as a part of WXRX’s Student Rush program.  Call (815) 847-6399 and ask about the 4 for $44 family pack which includes four tickets, soft drinks, hot dogs and popcorn.



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