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RELEASE: Blackhawks Recall Boqvist from Rockford

Chicago's top pick in 2018 draft has played in six AHL games, scoring his first pro goal on Wednesday night

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications /

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled defenseman Adam Boqvist (BOH-kwihst) from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Boqvist was drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (8th overall) of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft. The 19-year-old has skated in six games with the IceHogs, recording his first North American professional goal and point on Wednesday vs. San Antonio and making his North American professional hockey debut on Oct. 4 vs. Iowa.

Boqvist spent the 2018-19 season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League where he recorded 60 points (20G, 40A) in 54 regular-season contests and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team. His 20 goals ranked second among blueliners in the OHL while his 60 points ranked sixth among league defenseman. He also skated in 11 postseason contests, notching 10 goals and three assists.

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A 6-foot, 186-pound defenseman, Boqvist notched 24 points (14G, 10A) in 25 games with Brynäs IF J20 during the 2017-18 season. His 14 goals led all blueliners in the SuperElit League. Boqvist also appeared in 15 games with Brynäs IF of the SHL, recording one assist in 15 games and played in seven games with Almtuna IS in the Allsvenskan League, tallying two assists.

The Falun, Sweden native had a goal and three assists in five games for Team Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He helped his country capture the Bronze Medal at the U-18 World Junior Championships in 2018, notching six points (3G, 3A) in six games. His efforts earned him the best defenseman award for the tournament. Boqvist also skated in six games at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships.

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