The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Tanner Kero (CARE-oh) on a two-year contract. Kero will report to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Kero, 22, paced the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Michigan Tech Huskies with a collegiate career-high 46 points, 20 goals and 26 assists in 41 games during his senior year; he also led the WCHA in points. The Huskies’ co-captain ranked fourth on the club with a +22 plus/minus rating and led the team with 150 shots on goal. A 2015 Hobey Baker nominee, Kero shared the Huskies lead with seven game-winning goals. The Hancock, Mich., native was named the 2014-15 WCHA Player of the Year, WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and to the All-WCHA First Team. In his four years at Michigan Tech, Kero totaled 111 points (55G, 56A) in 153 games.
Prior to his collegiate career, Kero tallied 37 points (13G, 24A) in 55 games during the 2010-11 season with the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force; he was also named to the USHL Western Conference All-Star Team.