The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with forward Andreas Martinsen (an-DRAY-uhs MAHR-tihn-sehn), which runs through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.
Acquired by the Blackhawks from the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 4, 2017, Martinsen appeared in nine games with Chicago last season, recording one goal. He accumulated 35 hits in those contests from March 20 to April 7, which ranked first on the team during that span.
The 27-year-old also recorded 28 points (12G, 16A) in 64 games with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs last year. In 13 games in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, he notched five points (2G, 3A), helping the IceHogs to the Western Conference Finals.
Martinsen played in 64 regular-season games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Canadiens during the 2016-17 season. He tallied three goals and four assists in those games while also skating in two postseason contests for Montreal. Martinsen has played in 128 career NHL games, tallying 19 points (8G, 11A). He became the eighth Norwegian to play in the NHL after making his debut on Nov. 10, 2015 and the first to ever play for the Blackhawks on March 20, 2018.
Martinsen was undrafted and spent three seasons playing professionally in Germany with Dusseldorfer EG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga prior to signing as a free agent with Colorado on May 15, 2015.