The Rockford IceHogs today announced that forward D.J. Busdeker has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract extension with the club for the 2022-23 season.
Busdeker, 22, is currently third among team rookies with 25 points (6G, 19A) in 56 games with the IceHogs this season including five multi-point games and a career-best three-point contest (1G, 2A) on Feb. 26 vs. Texas. His 90 shots on goal is currently tied for fourth on the team.
“We’re extremely excited for D.J. to return to Rockford and continue his development,” said IceHogs President, Hockey Operations & General Manager Mark Bernard. “He exemplifies all the characteristics that we look for in a player. His work ethic and professionalism are second to none and that makes him a valuable member of our team both on and off the ice.”
Last season, the Dexter, Michigan, native finished third among IceHogs rookies and fifth in team scoring with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 24 games and earned the team’s Unsung Hero Award.
Prior joining the IceHogs, Busdeker wrapped up a four-year junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Saginaw Spirit, totaling 146 points (54G, 92A) in 235 games and serving as an alternate captain his last two seasons. In 2019-20, he buried a career-high 57 points (22G, 35A) in 62 games and finished fourth in team points and goals and third in assists.
IceHogs Host Roadrunners on Wagon Wheel Cardinals Night and Pucks and Paws Night This Weekend at the BMO
The Rockford IceHogs are back home at BMO Harris Bank Center this weekend and host the Tucson Roadrunners on Saturday, Apr. 9 at 6 p.m. on Wagon Wheel Cardinals Night presented by Insurance King and on Sunday, Apr. 10 at 4 p.m. on Pucks and Paws Night presented by Riverside Dental.
Celebrate Stateline hockey history and our community frontline heroes on Saturday as the IceHogs become the historic Wagon Wheel Cardinals for an evening. Bid on your favorite players’ jersey after the contest with proceeds supporting the Greg Lindmark Foundation. Buy Tickets & Wagon Wheel Cardinals Information
Bring your furry family members to the game on Sunday for Pucks and Paws Night! Pets are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Special seating is reserved for fans and their pets. The first 1,500 fans will receive an IceHogs dog collar presented by Riverside Dental Center. Buy Tickets & Pucks and Paws Night Information