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Blackhawks Acquire Bochenski For Arnason

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have acquired right winger Brandon Bochenski and a 2nd round pick in the 2006 entry draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Tyler Arnason. The Blackhawks also sent forward Jim Dowd to the Colorado Avalanche for Colorado's 4th round pick in the 2006 draft.

"Bochenski has scored at every level he has ever played," said Blackhawk General Manager Dale Tallon. "He is a pure goal scorer and a highly skilled player. We said that we wanted to add skill to our lineup and Bochenski is certainly a skilled player."

Bochenski, 23, is a native of Blaine, Minnesota. The 6.01, 197 pound winger was a 7th round pick (223rd overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons at the University of North Dakota before signing with the Senators. Last season, his first as a pro, he played for Binghamton in the American Hockey League appearing in 75 games scoring 34 goals and adding 36 assists for 70 points with 16 penalty minutes. He was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and was a member of the AHL's Planet USA All-Star Team.

Bochenski began the season with the Ottawa Senators appearing in 20 games and scoring 6 goals, 2 on the power play, while adding 7 assists for 13 points with 14 penalty minutes and a +7 rating. He was currently playing for Binghamton in the AHL where he has appeared in 32 games scoring 20 goals and adding 21 assists for 41 points with 32 penalty minutes. Of his 20 goals, 14 have been on the power play and 2 were game winners.

Bochenski was named the University of North Dakota's Rookie of the Year in 2001-02 and led that team in scoring in both 2002-03 and in 2003-04 with 62 and 60 points respectively. He was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year in 2002. He was named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team in 2003 and the WCHA First All-Star Team in 2004. He was also an NCAA First Team All-American in 2004.

Tyler Arnason was the Blackhawks' 7th round pick (183rd overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The 27-year-old forward was in his fourth season with the Blackhawks.

This season, Arnason appeared in 60 games and scored 13 goals to go with 28 assists for 41 points with 40 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, Arnason appeared in 245 games scoring 57 goals while adding 82 assists for 139 points with 80 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 3 playoff games for the Blackhawks and did not score.

Jim Dowd was signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks on August 5, 2005. He had appeared in 60 games for the Blackhawks this season scoring 3 goals while adding 12 assists for 15 points with 38 penalty minutes.

Dowd, 37, has also played for New Jersey, Vancouver, NY Islanders, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, and Montreal. In his NHL career, Dowd has appeared in 571 games scoring 60 goals while adding 158 assists for 218 points with 327 penalty minutes. He has also played in 62 career playoff games scoring 6 goals and adding 12 assists for 18 points with 22 penalty minutes. He was a member of the 1994-95 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils.

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