The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Dennis Gilbert on a three-year contract that runs through the 2020-21 season. Gilbert will immediately join the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
Gilbert was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (91st overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The 21-year-old recently completed his junior season at the University of Notre Dame where he scored 10 points (4G, 6A) in 39 games. He recorded his first career two-goal game on Dec. 9, 2017 at Wisconsin.
The Buffalo, N.Y. native finished his three-year college career with six goals and 36 assists in 116 career college games. As a sophomore with the Fighting Irish, he helped his team to the Frozen Four and was named the Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman and a Hockey East Third Team All-Star. He recorded 22 assists to lead team defensemen during his sophomore campaign.
Prior to playing at Notre Dame, Gilbert played the 2014-15 season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL where he tallied 27 points (4G, 23A) in 59 games and was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team.