The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired center Chris DiDomenico (dee -doh -MENH-ih-koh) from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Ville Pokka. DiDomenico will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
A native of Woodbridge, Ontario, DiDomenico has 10 points (6G, 4A) in 24 games with Ottawa this season. He recorded a career-long three-game (2G, 3A) point streak from Oct. 26-30, 2017. Additionally, he notched markers in three of four games from Feb. 3-8 for the Senators. In each of the last two seasons, DiDomenico has skated in 27 games for Ottawa. The 28-year-old has also spent time with the Belleville Senators and Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this year. He has six goals and nine helpers between the two teams.
From 2010-12 he played in 74 games for the IceHogs, tallying 17 points (2G, 15A). He was acquired by the Blackhawks on June 30, 2010 with Viktor Stalberg and Philippe Paradis from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Kris Versteeg and Bill Sweatt. In 102 career AHL games, DiDomenico has eight goals and 24 assists.
DiDomenico played two seasons (2012-14) with Asiago in Italy and also parts of four seasons (2014-17) with the SCL Tigers of the Swiss Hockey League. He was a member of Team Canada's Spengler Cup championship teams in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, he captured a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships. DiDomenico was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey Draft.
Pokka was a member of the IceHogs from 2014-18, registering 127 points (28G, 99A) in 266 games. He was acquired by the Blackhawks on Oct. 4, 2014.