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Defenseman Dmitri Osipov Checks His Way to the IceHogs’ Heavy Hitter Award

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that defenseman Dmitri Osipov is the winner of the team’s Heavy Hitter award for the 2021 season.

Osipov, 24, led the IceHogs with 46 hits during the 2021 season and recorded two goals and four assists for six points while patrolling the IceHogs blue line in 22 games. The Moscow, Russia, native racked up eight 3+ hit games with the IceHogs this season and also appeared in five games with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, where he picked up a season-high five hits on Apr. 3 vs. Jacksonville.

“It’s an honor,” said Osipov. “It’s the other part of hockey that we get to do. It gets a spark going within the team and sends a message to the other guys so they don’t mess around with our guys. If you get this award, it means a lot and hopefully, it helps my teammates feel more comfortable on the ice.”

2021 IceHogs Team Awards: Dmitri Osipov - Heavy Hitter Award

This past season was Osipov’s third campaign in the IceHogs organization and fourth professional year, having skated in 28 games with the club last season, picking up one goal and eight games in 2018-19, adding two assists. He also appeared in eight games with the Fuel last year, adding four points (one goal, three assists) and netted a career-high 13 points in 2018-19 with a goal and 12 assists over 66 matchups and won the team’s Defenseman of the Year award.

“It’s pretty cool to know that people trust me,” added Osipov. “For me, it’s always been fun to slow teams down and hit guys. Everybody goes through different things to fire them up, and for me, it’s to hit somebody. Slowing teams down is a big part of it. End plays quickly, get them uncomfortable. It’s always been a part of me.”

IceHogs Heavy Hitter Award Winners

00-01 Dan Davies

01-02 Dan Davies

02-03 Dan Davies

03-04 Jeff Ewasko

04-05 Eric Labelle

05-06 Bruce Watson

06-07 Chaz Johnson

07-08 Not Awarded

08-09 Bryan Bickell

09-10 Danny Bois

10-11 Garnet Exelby

11-12 Phillipe Paradis

12-13 Not Awarded

13-14 Brandon Mashinter

14-15 Cody Bass

15-16 Mike Liambas

16-17 Chris DeSousa

17-18 Andreas Martinsen

18-19 Andreas Martinsen

19-20 Dennis Gilbert

20-21 Dmitri Osipov

2021 IceHogs Team Awards: Heavy Hitter