Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Buy Tickets

IceHogs News

2011-12 IN REVIEW: FOUR ICEHOGS SKATERS MAKE NHL DEBUT

By: Amy Spivey
Rockford, Ill.- Four Rockford IceHogs skaters made their National Hockey League debuts during the 2011-12 season after starting the campaign in Rockford. Forwards Brandon Bollig, Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw, along with defenseman Dylan Olsen, earned their first NHL recalls this season and skated with the Chicago Blackhawks. 

In all, eight IceHogs skaters were called up by Chicago during the 2011-12 season. In addition to Bollig, Hayes, Olsen and Shaw, forwards Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith, along with goaltender Carter Hutton, all earned NHL recalls.

Since joining the AHL in 2007, 36 skaters have played in the NHL with the Blackhawks after appearing in a game with the IceHogs. Overall, 48 Rockford players have graduated to the NHL.

Bollig, 24, made his NHL debut on Feb. 29 in Chicago as the Blackhawks faced the Toronto Maple Leafs. The St. Charles, Mo. native appeared in 18 regular season contests with Chicago, garnering 58 penalty minutes. Bollig notched his first NHL goal on April 14 against the Phoenix Coyotes in round one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He skated in four postseason games, tallying one point (1g) and a team-high 19 penalty minutes. In 53 contests with Rockford, Bollig scored nine points (3g-6a) and racked up 163 PIMs.

Hayes, 22, made his first NHL appearance on Dec. 30 against the Detroit Red Wings. The 6-5, 220 pound rookie notched his first NHL goal on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia, and in 31 regular season games with the Blackhawks he tallied nine points (5g-4a). Hayes also dressed for two playoff contests with Chicago, recording 15 PIMs. The Dorchester, Mass. native had 23 points (7g-16a) in 33 appearances with Rockford.

Olsen, a native of Calgary, Alberta, skated in 28 regular season games with Chicago after making his NHL debut on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia. The 21-year-old earned one assist in that span and also played in one playoff contest for the Blackhawks. The 6-3, 210 pound defenseman made 44 appearances with the IceHogs during the 2011-12 season, tallying seven points (4g-3a) and earning 44 PIMs.

Shaw, 20, also made his NHL debut on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia, scoring his first NHL goal and earning his first fighting major that night against the Flyers. The Belleville, Ontario native had 23 points (12g-11a) in 37 contests with the Blackhawks, including two game-winning goals. Shaw appeared in three postseason games, registering 15 PIMs. The rookie forward skated in 38 games with the IceHogs, earning 23 points (12g-11a), and 99 penalty minutes.

In addition, two former IceHogs skaters also made their first NHL appearances this season. Bracken Kearns, who skated in Rockford during the 2008-09 campaign, made his NHL debut on Oct. 20 with Florida and played in five games with the Panthers. Akim Aliu, who was with the IceHogs during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, made his first NHL appearance on April 5 with the Calgary Flames, scoring three points (2g-1a) in two games.

Over the next few weeks, icehogs.com will review the highlights from the 2011-12 Rockford IceHogs season with "2011-12 In Review". Check back for more features from the team’s 13th season of professional hockey in Rockford.




Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
200

Browse by Month »

November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200