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Blackhawks Sign Forward Jeff Hamilton

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Jeff Hamilton on a 1-year contract.

"Hamilton made our team by having a great camp," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. "He really impressed our staff by the way he played. He was a big part of our success on the power play."

Hamilton was invited to Blackhawks' training camp on a tryout basis after having played last season at both Bridgeport in the AHL and with the New York Islanders in the NHL.

At Bridgeport last season, Hamilton appeared in 39 games scoring 24 goals and 49 points. With the New York Islanders, Hamilton played in 13 games and scored 2 goals and 8 points.

In 5 preseason games for the Blackhawks this year, Hamilton has 2 goals, both on the power play, and 6 assists for 8 points.

Hamilton, 29, stands at 5.10 and weighs in at 185 pounds. He is a graduate of Yale University where he is the all-time scoring leader with 80 goals and 174 points in 127 career games. He played one season in Finland, 2001-02, for Karpat where he had 33 points in 39 games.

He signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent in August of 2002 and played the next two seasons, 2002-03 and 2003-04, for Bridgeport in the AHL. He got his first taste of the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2003-04 playing in just one game. In his brief NHL career, Hamilton has appeared in 14 games scoring 2 goals and 8 points with 8 penalty minutes.

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