The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned goaltender Corey Crawford to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Crawford, 25, recorded 32 saves on 35 shots in Chicago’s 4-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday during his season debut with the club. The Montreal native has appeared in eight regular-season games with the Blackhawks since making his debut in 2005-06, notching a 1-3-1 mark with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with the club last season, posting six saves on seven shots in 15:55 of action in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against Detroit on May 24.
Crawford leads Rockford netminders with 20 wins (20-14-2) and has recorded a 2.80 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .905 save percentage in 39 AHL appearances this season. He spent the majority of the 2008-09 campaign with Rockford, leading the club with 22 wins (22-20-3) and a .917 save percentage while notching a 2.59 goals-against average in 47 appearances during the regular season.
Chicago’s second choice (52nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Crawford has amassed 131 wins in 249 career AHL tilts spanning his five-year professional career with the Norfolk Admirals and IceHogs (2005-10), which includes at least 20 in each campaign.