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BLACKHAWKS SIGN IGOR MAKAROV

08/03/2010 2:46 PM - Chicago, Ill.- The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Igor Makarov to a two-year contract.

Makarov, 22, tallied five goals, four assists and 61 penalty minutes in 51 regular-season tilts with Moscow Dynamo and St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League.  The Moscow, Russia native has registered 26 points (14g-12a) in 93 contests over the last two seasons in the KHL.

The winger was selected 33rd overall (round 2) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago.  Makarov  potted five goals in six contests for Russia at the 2005 World Under-18 Championships and tallied six points (2g-4a) and a +5 plus/minus rating while helping Russia to a silver medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships, a tournament that featured current Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson.