The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Stephen Johns
, the team’s second-round choice (60th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, on a two-year contract.
Johns, 21, recently completed his senior season at the University of Notre Dame, posting a career-high 20 points (8g, 12a) in 40 games. He led Irish defensemen in points and goals, while ranking second in assists. Johns, who served as an alternate captain, registered a season-best three points (2g, 1a) on Mar. 14 vs. Boston College.
The Ellwood City, Penn., native posted 57 points (15g, 42a) in 164 career games with Notre Dame from 2010 to 2014. He helped lead the Irish to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament in three of his four seasons and was a member of the 2013 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Tournament championship squad in 2013.
Johns, a product of the United States Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., has represented the U.S. in international tournaments twice, capturing a gold medal at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship and posting two points (1g, 1a) at the 2012 Under-20 World Junior Championship.