ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Chicago Blackhawks today announced they have recalled goaltender J.F. Berube from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Berube, 26, has split the 2017-18 season between the IceHogs and Blackhawks. He began the year with the IceHogs and amassed a 7-8-0 record with a 2.37 GAA, .920 save percentage and two shutouts in 15 AHL appearances. The netminder posted a 32-save shutout in his team debut on Oct. 7 at Cleveland and went unbeaten through his first five starts with a 1.38 GAA and .950 save percentage.
The native of Repentigny, Quebec returns to Chicago having posted a 2-5-1 record with a 3.93 GAA and .891 save percentage in 11 games. He won his first start with the Blackhawks with 42 saves on Feb. 23 vs. the San Jose Sharks and earned his second victory of 2017-18 with a 33-save effort on March 6 vs. the Colorado Avalanche.
In an additional transaction, the IceHogs have recalled goaltender Matt Tomkins from the ECHL’s Indy Fuel. The 23-year-old netminder has posted a record of 11-9-2 with a 3.47 GAA and .912 save percentage in 25 ECHL games with the Fuel this season, and is 1-3-2-0 with a 4.03 GAA and .869 save percentage in seven AHL appearances with Rockford. Tomkins made his AHL debut with a 25-save effort on Dec. 30 at Chicago and earned his first AHL win with 32 saves on Jan. 19 at Cleveland.
Next Home Game: Saturday, March 31 vs. San Jose | 6 p.m.
The IceHogs host Hawaiian Night as they take on the San Jose Barracuda at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The event will feature tropical-themed jerseys, live Hawaiian music, a luau with hula dancers, pig roast and orange hibiscus flowers imprinted on the ice. In addition, Hogs alumni Brian Bickell will be on-hand for the festivities. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.