The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Blake Hillman on a two-year contract that runs through the 2018-19 season. Hillman will wear number 55 for the Blackhawks and join the team immediately.
Hillman was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. The 22-year-old recently completed his junior season at the University of Denver where he set career highs in assists (9) and points (12), while matching his career high in goals (3) in 41 games. His 12 points ranked second among defensemen for the Pioneers.
The Elk River, Minnesota, native recorded three multi-point games during his junior season, including a career-high three assists at Miami (OH) on January 5, 2018. He was named the Bauer NCHC Defenseman of the Week following his performance. In three seasons at Denver, Hillman accumulated 31 points (7G, 24A) in 123 career games.