|Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Michael Blunden (3-year contract). |
Blunden, 19, 6'3", 206 pound right wing was selected by the Blackhawks in the 2nd round, 43rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. This season, Blunden spent time playing for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships, Team OHL (Canada vs. Russia), Team West at the OHL All-Star Game and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. He was also invited to attend the 2006 World Championships Training Camp for Team Canada.
While with the Erie, he appeared in 60 games recording 46 goals and 38 assists for 84 points and 63 penalty minutes. As a member of Team Canada, Blunden recorded two goals and three assists for five points and eight penalty minutes in six games en route to capturing a Gold Medal for Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Blunden signed an Amatuer Professional Try-out Contract (PTO) with the Norfolk Admirals at the conclusion of his Junior team's season. He appeared in 11 regular season games for the Admirals recording one goal and five assists for six points and two penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-4. Blunden played in one playoff game for Norfolk going scoreless.
Blunden was one of only five Junior players who was invited to join Team Canada for the 2006 World Championships Training Camp. While he did not make the final tournament roster, Blunden's invitation to attend and take part in a exhibition games was a tremendous honor for a player straight out of the Junior ranks.
Blunden, a native of Toronto, Ontario spent four seasons (2002-03 to 2005-06) with the Erie Otter of the OHL recording 100 goals and 81 assists for 181 points and 246 penalty minutes. He also played in five career playoff games recording two penalty minutes.