Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Vincent Hinostroza (hih-noh-STROH-zah), a native of Bartlett, Ill., on a three-year contract. Hinostroza will report to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
The Blackhawks’ sixth-round selection (169th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, Hinostroza concluded the 2014-15 season with a team-high 44 points (11G, 33A) in 42 games with Hockey East’s University of Notre Dame. The 20-year-old ranked second on the club with 116 shots on goal, shared the team lead with three game-winners and paced Notre Dame with 16 power-play points (4G, 12A) during his sophomore campaign. He was named a 2015 First-Team All-Hockey East selection and shared fourth nationally with 33 assists.
Hinostroza ranked third on Notre Dame with 32 points (8G, 24A) in 34 games last season during his freshman year. He recorded 126 points (53G, 73A) in 151 regular-season games across three seasons from 2010-13 with the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Blackhawks; he added seven points (4G, 3A) in six career USHL postseason contests.
Hinostroza recorded five points (3G, 2A) and 16 shots on goal in five games with Team USA during the 2014 U20 World Championship. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, pacing the tournament with eight points (6G, 2A) in four games. Hinostroza also won a bronze medal and posted four points (1G, 3A) in five appearances with Team USA at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge and tallied four points (2G, 2A) in as many contests at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Next Home Game: Sunday, March 22 vs. Texas Stars: Puck drop is at 4 p.m. Sunday marks the 16th Annual Jersey Auction Night for the IceHogs, as they sport special Autism Awareness uniforms to raise money for The Autism Program. The first 2,500 fans receive a free IceHogs puzzle, while proceeds from a live auction after the game will benefit The Autism Program and other local initiatives.