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Blackhawks Sign Defenseman Brent Sopel

by Chicago Blackhawks Press Release / Chicago Blackhawks
General Manager Dale Tallon announced tonight that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Brent Sopel on a 1-year contract.

“Brent is a veteran defenseman who adds stability to our back line and he can also contribute offensively,” Tallon said. “He is an experienced defenseman who will help our young defense.”

Sopel, 30, stands at 6.01 and weighs 213 pounds. Last season, Sopel split time between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks, playing a total 64 games between the two clubs. Sopel scored a total of five goals and 23 assists for 28 points and adding 24 penalty minutes for the 2006-07 NHL season.

Sopel made his NHL debut during the 1998-99 season and since then, has played in 434 games with 39 goals and 142 assists for 181 points.

Sopel had been in training camp with the Detroit Red Wings where he had appeared in five games with one goal and one assist for two points.

Sopel was originally selected by Canucks in the sixth round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (144th overall). His best season was during the 2003-04 NHL campaign when he played in 80 games and had ten goals and 42 points.

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