The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goalkeeper Michael Leighton from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced today.
Leighton has played the entire season with Rockford, posting a 28-8-8 record in 46 starts. He has a 2.44 GAA and a .918 save percentage with the IceHogs and currently ranks third in the league in both saves (1169) and wins. Earlier this season, Leighton recorded his 46th career shutout, establishing an AHL record. He is 146-113-7 in 295 career AHL regular-season games over 12 seasons with the Norfolk Admirals (2001-05), Rochester Americans (2005-06), Portland Pirates (2006-07), Philadelphia Phantoms (2006-07), Albany River Rats (2007-08), Adirondack Phantoms (2010-2013) and IceHogs (2014-16).
The Petrolia, Ontario, native has 35 wins (35-41-14), a 2.97 GAA, a .901 SV% and four shutouts in 105 career NHL regular-season games over parts of eight seasons with the Blackhawks (2002-2004), Nashville (2006-07), Philadelphia (2006-07; 2009-13) and Carolina (2007-09). He owns an 8-4 record in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games and holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series (3 vs. MTL in 2010 Eastern Conference Final).
Leighton, 35, originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in 43 contests over two seasons with the club during his NHL debut, collecting eight wins (8-21-10). He was the franchise’s first goaltender to post a shutout in his NHL debut after doing so on Jan. 8, 2003 vs. ARI.
The Blackhawks are on the road to face the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow at 7 p.m. That game can be seen on CSN Chicago and heard on WGN Radio.