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Blackhawks Recall Byfuglien, Bickell and Nordqvist

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Dustin Byfuglien along with forwards Bryan Bicekll and Jonas Nordqvist from Norfolk in the AHL.

Byfuglien scored a key goal in the third period on Tuesday night at Nashville to tie the game at 2-2 as the Blackhawks rallied to defeat the Predators 3-2 in a shootout. Byfuglien returned to Norfolk last night and was in the lineup as the Admirals dropped a 3-1 decision to Wilkes-Barre.

Byfuglien has spent most of this season playing at Norfolk in the American Hockey League. He has appeared in 58 games for the Admirals scoring 15 goals, including 7 on the power play, while adding 27 assists for 42 points with 136 penalty minutes and a +10 rating.

Bryan Bickell, 21, was the Blackhawks' 2nd round pick (41st overall) in the 2004 entry draft. This season, his first as a pro, he has appeared in 45 games for Norfolk scoring 8 goals and adding 15 assists for 23 points with 47 penalty minutes and a +11 rating.

The 6.04, 226 pound winger played his junior hockey at both Ottawa and Windsor in the OHL. His best junior season was last year when he played in 67 games and had 45 goals and 83 points.

Jonas Nordqvist, 24, was the Blackhawks' 2nd round pick (49th overall) in the 2000 entry draft out of Leksand in Sweden. This season at Norfolk, Nordqvist has played in 62 games scoring 14 goals to go along with 24 assists for 38 points and 16 penalty minutes.

The 6.03, 202 pound center has played in several international competitions. In both 1999 and 2000, Nordqvist competed in the U-18 World Junior Championships. In 2001 and 2002, he was a member of the Swedish U-20 World Junior Championship Team. In 2006, Nordqvist played for Team Sweden in the World Championships and appeared in 9 games scoring 2 goals and 4 points.

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