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BLACKHAWKS ASSIGN LEIGHTON, REGIN TO ICEHOGS

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10/05/2014 11:00 AM

Article By: Nate Haeni

Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have assigned center Peter Regin and goaltender Michael Leighton to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Regin, 28, notched four points in 17 regular season contests for the Blackhawks in 2013-14 and also appeared in five 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The pivot was acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 6, 2014 with Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.

The 28 year-old has compiled 66 points (23g-43a) in 239 career NHL games between Chicago, New York and Ottawa.

Leighton, 33, spent the 2013-14 campaign with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL, where he compiled a 20-15-6 record along with a 1.74 goals against average and .934 save percentage. The netminder was part of a goaltending tandem that set a team record for fewest goals allowed during the regular season.

After being drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the netminder posted a 8-21-10 record, 2.81 goals against average, and .901 save percentage over the course of two seasons in Chicago.

The Petrolia, Ontario native has appeared in 105 career NHL regular season games, posting 35 wins (35-41-14), a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage with the Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. Leighton currently holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series with three (against Montreal in 2010 Eastern Conference Final) and shows a record of 8-4 in 16 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Next Home Game: The IceHogs open the 2014-15 season on Saturday, Oct. 11 against the Milwaukee Admirals. The puck drops at 7 p.m., and the first 5,000 fans will receive an IceHogs calendar courtesy of Stateline Staffing Services.