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06/21/2012 3:57 PM

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Rockford, Ill.- The future of the Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Blackhawks will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.  The 30 NHL teams will make a total of 210 picks.  The Blackhawks have eight picks starting with the 18th overall.

Of the 93 players who have worn an IceHogs sweater since the team joined the American Hockey League, 54 (58 percent) came into professional hockey through the draft.  And of those 54 players, 31 of them came to Rockford as Blackhawks picks.

A total of 12 players from the 2004 draft class, including Dave Bolland, Bryan Bickell, Jake Dowell and Kris Versteeg, have skated for Rockford, the most of any draft class.  The 2005 draft is close behind with 11 players, including Troy Brouwer, Jack Skille and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Below are a few facts about the NHL draft picks that have played for the Rockford IceHogs:

Highest draft pick to play for the IceHogs:  Cam Barker (3rd overall in 2004 with Blackhawks)

Lowest draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Sean McMorrow (258th overall in 2000 with Buffalo)

Lowest Blackhawks draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Dustin Byfuglien (245th overall in 2000)

First Round Draft Selections to play for the IceHogs:
Mark McNeill, 18th overall (2011) by Blackhawks
Phillip Danualt, 26th overall (2011) by Blackhawks
Dylan Olsen, 28th overall (2009) by Blackhawks
Philippe Paradis, 27th overall (2009) by Carolina
Kyle Beach, 11th overall (2008) by Blackhawks
Ivan Vishnevskiy, 27th overall (2006) by Dallas
Jack Skille, 7th overall (2005) by Blackhawks
Cam Barker, 3rd overall (2004) by Blackhawks
Rostislav Olesz, 7th overall (2004) by Florida
Hugh Jessiman, 12th overall (2003) by New York Rangers
Hannu Toivonen, 29th overall (2002) by Bruins
Jeff Taffe, 30th overall (2000) by St. Louis
Nick Boynton, 21st overall (1999) by Bruins and 9th overall (1997) by Capitals
Sergei Samsonov, 8th overall (1997) by Bruins
Daniel Cloutier, 26th overall (1994) by Rangers
Jassen Cullimore, 29th overall (1991) by Vancouver

Blackhawks Picks by draft year to play with IceHogs:
2011: 3 (McNeill, Danault, Shaw)
2010: (Flick, Simpson,
2009: 1 (Olsen, Pirri, Gilbert, Froese)
2008: 4 (Beach, Carlson, Lalonde, Smith)
2007: 2 (Aliu, Tanguay, Lavin)
2006: 2 (Danis-Pepin, Palmer, LeBlanc)
2005: 11 (Bertram, Blunden, Brophey, Brouwer, Charlebois, Davis, Fallon, Hjalmarsson, Hobson, Skille, Turner)
2004: 12 (Barker, Berti, Bickell, Bolland, Brent, Dowell, Kontiola, Paiement, Pineault, Sawyer, Stephenson, Versteeg)
2003: 5 (Brodeur, Byfuglien, Crawford, Fraser, Richmond)
2002: 2 (Toivonen, Wisniewski)
2001: 5 (Archer, Bois, Johnson, Keith, Petiot)
2000: 2 (Koci, McMorrow)
1999: 1 (Boynton)
1998: 2 (Fahey, Flinn)
1997: 1 (Samsonov)
1994: 1 (Cloutier)
1991: 1 (Cullimore)
1988: 2 (Christian, Flaherty)

Number of Players Picked by Round:
First Round: 7 (Barker, Beach, Boynton, Cloutier, Samsonov, Skille, Toivonen)
Second Round: 14 (Aliu, Bertram, Bickell, Blunden, Bolland, Christian, Crawford, Cullimore, Danis-Pepin, Davis, Keith, Pineault, Richmond, Stephenson)
Third Round: 8 (Berti, Bois, Brent, Brophey, Fraser, Johnson, Lalonde, Tanguay)
Fourth Round: 3 (Hjalmarsson, Palmer, Petiot)
Fifth Round: 7 (Dowell, Flinn, Koci, Sawyer, Turner, Versteeg, Wisniewski)
Sixth Round: 4 (Carlson, Charlebois, Fallon, Smith)
Seventh Round: 6 (Archer, Brodeur, Brouwer, Gilbert, Hobson, Kontiola)
Eighth Round: 4 (Byfuglien, Fahey, McMorrow, Paiement)
Ninth Round: 1 (Flaherty)

Draft picks by position:
Center: 8
Wings: 15
Defense: 15
Goalies: 5

Most games played by a draft pick: Evan Brophey, 232

Check out all week as we preview the 2012NHL Entry Draft.
Monday, June 18th:  Draft Breakdown
Tuesday, June 19th:  Mock Drafts
Wednesday, June 20th:  Breakdown of the Blackhawks first overall picks over the past 20 years
Thursday, June 21st:  A look at the first round draft picks who have played for Rockford
Friday, June 22nd:  An update on the progress of all of Chicago’s draft picks from the 2009-2010 draft

Season Tickets for 2012-13 Now on Sale: Season ticket packages for the IceHogs 14th season of professional hockey in Rockford, including sixth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, are now on sale. Call   (815) 847-6399  to reserve your seats or visit for more information.