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07/08/2009 8:26 AM

Article By: Mike Peck

Chicago, Ill.-The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin (see-MOHN, da-NEE-peh-PEH) to a three-year contract.

Danis-Pepin, 21, finished off a four-year career at the University of Maine (Hockey East) last season, leading club defensemen and tying for third overall on the team with a collegiate career-high 13 assists. The Gatineau, Quebec native served as a co-captain during his senior campaign while also accruing 29 penalty minutes.

Chicago’s third choice, 61st overall, in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Danis-Pepin registered 36 points (6G, 30A) and 81 penalty minutes in 133 career games with the BlackBears spanning four seasons (2005-09).