ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks today announced they have reassigned defenseman Dennis Gilbert to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Gilbert, 22, opened the season with Chicago and skated in the team's season opener in Prague. The blueliner fired a pair of shots on goal over his 18 shifts during the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.
The Buffalo, New York native originally made his professional debut with the IceHogs last season, logging 14 points (5g, 9a) in 63 AHL games. Gilbert also led Rockford with 67 penalty minutes and was tabbed the team’s Most Improved Player after nearly doubling his first-half point production with nine points over his final 26 contests of the season. He then earned his first career promotion to the NHL with Chicago on April 2 and posted a game-high six hits the following night in his NHL debut vs. St. Louis.
Gilbert was originally selected by Chicago in the third round (91st overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
NEXT HOME GAME: Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins | 6 p.m.
The Rockford IceHogs will host their home opener for the 2019-20 season on Saturday, Oct. 12 against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 4,000 fans in attendance to Rockford’s first home game of the campaign will receive a free IceHogs calendar, courtesy of Impact Networking. Call the IceHogs front office at (815) 968-5222 or visit icehogs.com to purchase tickets.