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HAWKS DRAFT PICK BEN SMITH SIGNS ATO

04/15/2010 10:24 AM - Rockford, Ill.- Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced on Thursday that right wing Ben Smith has signed an amateur try-out agreement with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Smith, 21, completed his senior season at Boston College, winning the 2010 National Championship. The former sixth-round pick (#169 overall) by the Blackhawks was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Frozen Four Tournament with four points (3g-1a) in two games.

Smith finished the 2009-10 campaign with 37 points (16g-21a) in 42 games for the Golden Eagles. In four years with Boston College, Smith racked up 122 points (57g-65a) in 165 games. 

Next Home Game: Wednesday, April 21 vs. Texas Stars. Game Three of the West Division Semifinals. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. The West Division Semi’s shift north as the IceHogs and Stars return to Rockford for Game Three of the Calder Cup Playoff’s opening round at the MetroCentre.