General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Evan Brophey to a 3-year entry level contract.
The 6.01, 203 pound native of Kitchener was a member of the Plymouth Whalers team that just won the Ontario Hockey League Rogers Championship series by defeating the Sudbury Wolves in six games this past weekend.
Brophey, 20, was the Blackhawks' 3rd round pick (67th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He had a tremendous regular season for Plymouth appearing in 68 games and scoring 36 goals to go along with 71 assists for 107 points with 91 penalty minutes and a +39 rating. He continued his outstanding play in the playoffs appearing in 20 games for Plymouth scoring 9 goals and adding 14 assists for 23 points with 26 penalty minutes and a +8 rating.
Brophey was also a member of the Western Conference All-Stars of the OHL and played in their All-Star Classic recording one assist in that game.
Brophey and his Plymouth teammates will now head to Vancouver where they will play in this year's Memorial Cup Tournament which opens this Friday, May 18th. Other teams playing in the Memorial Cup are Lewiston (QMJHL), Medicine Hat (WHL) and host Vancouver Giants (WHL).