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Blackhawks agree to extension with Panarin

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Artemi Panarin, which runs through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.

Panarin, 25, paces the Blackhawks with 37 points (15G, 22A) through 37 games this season. His 15 goals are tied for 10th in the NHL while his 37 points are fifth-best in the league. The Korkino, Russia, native is currently riding a career-long eight-game point streak, having scored five goals and nine assists dating back to Dec. 11. Panarin notched his 100th career point in just his 107th career NHL contest on Dec. 4 against Winnipeg. He has registered 10 multi-point games this season which ranks tied for fourth in the NHL.

The 25-year-old became the ninth player in Blackhawks history to capture the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie following the 2015-16 campaign. Panarin led all NHL rookies in 2015-16 in points (77), assists (47), goals (30), game-winning goals (7), and multi-point games (21) during 80 regular-season games with Chicago. He became the fifth Blackhawks rookie to record 30 goals during his first season. Panarin netted seven multi-goal games a season ago, including his first career hat trick on Feb. 17, 2016, against the New York Rangers.

Panarin was signed as a free agent by Chicago on May 1, 2015.

The Blackhawks return to action Thursday when they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators at 7:00 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. The game can be seen on CSN, streamed live online at CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.com/BlackhawksStream) and the NBC Sports App, and heard on WGN Radio.

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