The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Matt Tomkins on a two-year, two-way contract that runs through the 2020-21 season ($700,000 AAV). Tomkins will remain with Rockford.
Drafted in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2012 National Hockey League Draft by the Blackhawks, Tomkins is 5-4-0 with team bests in goals-against average (2.45) and save percentage (.916) in nine appearances with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season. He made his AHL debut during the 2017-18 campaign, appearing in eight games and recording his first victory on Jan. 19, 2018 at Cleveland. In parts of two seasons with the IceHogs (2017-18 and 2019-20), Tomkins is 6-8-2 with a 3.17 GAA and .895 SV%.
Tomkins, 25, was named the ECHL Indy Fuel's team MVP after setting single-season club records in wins (29), games played (54) and minutes played (3,221) during the 2018-19 season. He finished the year with a 29-19-4 mark, a 3.04 GAA, .905 SV% and two shutouts. Tomkins also ranked first among ECHL netminders in minutes, shared first in wins and second in saves (1,550).
Spanning four seasons (2013-17) with Ohio State (NCAA), Tomkins appeared in 47 games for the Buckeyes, setting career bests with 12 wins and a 2.48 GAA during his senior season.