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Blackhawks recall LaBarbera from Rockford

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 7:17 PM / News

NHL.com

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goalie Jason LaBarbera from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Goalie Kent Simpson was reassigned to the IceHogs.

LaBarbera, 33, was 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in seven games with the Edmonton Oilers. The Blackhawks acquired him from Edmonton in exchange for future considerations Saturday.

Originally selected in the third round (No. 66) by the New York Rangers in the 1998 NHL Draft, LaBarbera has appeared in 182 NHL games with the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Oilers.

LaBarbera was named AHL Most Valuable Player in 2003-04 and is a two-time winner of the "Baz" Bastein Trophy (2003-04, 2006-07) as the AHL's best goaltender.

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