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Blackhawks re-sign Bickell, Skille

Wednesday, 07.28.2010 / 5:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed left wing Bryan Bickell to a three-year contract and right wing Jack Skille to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Bickell, 23, posted career-bests with 3 goals and 4 points in a career-high 16 regular-season games with the Blackhawks during the 2009-10 season. Overall, the Bowmanville, Ontario, native has notched 5 goals, 6 points and 9 penalty minutes in 23 career regular-season games with the Blackhawks over parts of three seasons.

Taken in the third round of the 2004 Entry Draft, Bickell ranked fifth on the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs with 16 goals and collected 31 points and 58 penalty minutes in 65 regular-season tilts during the campaign. He has appeared in 228 career AHL regular-season contests with the Norfolk Admirals (2006-07) and IceHogs (2007-10) since turning pro in 2006, registering 51 goals, 58 assists, 109 points and 236 penalty minutes.

Skille, 23, has appeared in 30 games with the Blackhawks over the last three seasons, collecting 5 goals, 8 points and 5 penalty minutes, including 2 points (G, A) in six regular-season games with Chicago during the 2009-10 campaign.

Selected by the Blackhawks with the seventh pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, Skille ranked second on the Rockford IceHogs with a career-high 23 goals last season, pacing the squad in both power-play (9) and shorthanded markers (2). The Madison, Wisconsin, native dished out a career-best 26 assists and ranked third on the club with 49 points in 63 AHL regular-season tilts. He was selected to represent Rockford in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.

Overall, Skille has racked up 63 goals, 73 assists, 136 points and 150 penalty minutes in 189 career AHL regular-season contests with the Norfolk Admirals (2007) and IceHogs (2007-10).





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