ROCKFORD, IL – Chicago Blackhawks forward MacKenzie Entwistle will become the 128th Rockford IceHogs alumni to reach the National Hockey League and the 97th IceHogs player to go from the IceHogs to the Blackhawks when the NHL club battles the Florida Panthers tonight at United Center in Chicago.
Entwistle, 21, recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in 12 games with the IceHogs this season. The Georgetown, Ontario, native picked up a goal and an assist in his last two games against Iowa on Sunday and Monday and has registered at least one shot in each of his last seven contests.
During his rookie season last year, Entwistle earned the IceHogs’ Most Improved Player Award after finishing second among IceHogs rookies and fourth in team scoring with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 56 games. After picking up just one assist in his first five professional games, he snagged four points over his next four games (two goals, two assists) including his first professional goal on Oct. 30, 2019 vs. San Antonio. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, 2019, Entwistle added two goals and four assists for six points over seven games and also registered four points in four contests (two goals, two assists) from Jan. 25 to Feb. 4.
With his appearance tonight, Entwistle joins forwards Phillip Kurashev and Reese Johnson, defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk and goaltender Kevin Lankinen in IceHogs alums to make their NHL debut this season.
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