The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal (MY-kuhl) Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year contracts.
Kempny, 25, registered 21 points (5G, 16A) through 59 games in his first season with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Avangard Omsk. The Hodonin, Czech Republic, native added four points (2G, 2A) in 11 postseason games. Kempny has previously collected 73 points (26G, 47A) through 252 games across seven seasons (2008-15) with the Czech Extraliga’s HC Kometa Brno and HC Slavia Praha.
He tallied two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Championship. He also represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championship, where he posted two assists in six games, and recorded two helpers in five contests with the Czech Republic at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championship.
Johansson, 28, has played the last three seasons with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, posting a 56-27-0 record with 11 shutouts in 93 games. During the 2015-16 season, he recorded a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average alongside a save percentage of .927 while going 27-6-0. Johansson picked up league honors for Goalie of the Year last season as Frolunda captured the league championship. In 10 playoff games last season, Johansson recorded a 1.27 GAA with a save percentage of .934.
A native of Avesta, Sweden, Johansson also played professionally in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league with Mora IK (2008-11) and VIK Vasteras HK (2011-13).
Lundberg, 25, recorded 21 points (13G, 8A) in 44 games with the SHL’s Skelleftea AIK and added six points (4G, 2A) in 16 playoff games this season. The Skelleftea, Sweden, native has collected 72 points (35G, 37A) in 402 career games with the SHL from 2007-16, all with Skelleftea; he has also added 20 points (6G, 14A) in 105 postseason contests with Skelleftea.
He tallied two goals in eight games with Sweden at the 2016 World Championship. Lundberg won a bronze medal and posted two assists in five games with Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championship, in addition to notching two points (1G, 1A) in six games with Sweden at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championship.