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Blackhawks agree to terms with Motte

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Motte on a three-year contract, which begins at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Motte, 21, registered a collegiate career-high 56 points (32G, 24A) in 38 games this season with the University of Michigan during his junior year; he ranked second in the Big Ten in goals, ranked third on the team in points, and paced the club with 165 shots on goal and 70 blocked shots. The Port Huron, Mich., native recorded a 12-game goal streak (17G, 11A) from Dec. 30-Feb. 19 and a 16-game point streak (18G, 14A) from Dec. 30-March 6.

Motte, who was selected by Chicago in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, was named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He was also named a 2015-16 All-Big Ten First Team selection and honored as the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month in January after posting 18 points (10G, 8A) in six games. He has collected 105 points (50G, 55A) in 107 career games with the Wolverines. Motte posted seven points (5G, 2A) en route to a silver medal with Team USA at the 2013 U18 World Championship and tallied one assist in five games with Team USA at the 2015 U20 World Championship.

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