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Blackhawks assign Smith, Pirri to Rockford

by Chicago Blackhawks / Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forwards Ben Smith and Brandon Pirri to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Smith, 23, has recorded two goals in 13 games with Chicago this season. Additionally, the Avon, Connecticut, native shares second on the IceHogs with 12 goals and has posted 21 points (12G, 9A) and a +2 plus/minus rating in 22 contests with Rockford.

Pirri, 20, has registered two assists and a +2 rating in five contests with the Blackhawks this year and paced Chicago with four goals and five points in four games during the 2011 preseason. The Toronto native also leads the IceHogs with 18 goals and a +12 rating, and ranks eighth in the AHL with 41 points (18G, 23A) in 41 tilts this season.

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