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Big defenesemen returns to Rockford

Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have activated defenseman Duncan Keith from long-term injured reserve and reassigned defenseman Viktor Svedberg to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Svedberg, 24, tallied two points (1G, 1A) in 15 games with the Blackhawks since making his NHL debut on Oct. 9 at the New York Islanders. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native has posted 23 points (5G, 18A) in 84 career regular-season games with Rockford across two seasons (2013-15), adding four assists in eight 2015 Calder Cup playoff games. He was originally signed as a free agent on Oct. 19, 2013.

Keith, 32, has registered two assists in six games with the Blackhawks this season. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist has recorded 417 points (75G, 342A) in 772 career regular-season games and added 75 points (15G, 60A) in 116 Stanley Cup playoff tilts, all with Chicago. The 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and two-time James Norris Trophy winner was drafted by Chicago in the second round (54th overall) of the 2002 National Hockey League Draft.

Next Home Game: Sunday, Nov. 22 vs. Lake Erie at 4 p.m. The IceHogs face Lake Erie for the first time all season on Stanley Cup Night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Rockford will celebrate its alumni and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks by displaying the Cup for fans in attendance. Hub Printing will give away 2,500 posters celebrating the Blackhawks championships.