The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Kevin Lankinen (LAHNK-ih-nehn) on an emergency basis from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Lankinen signed with the Blackhawks on May 21, 2018. He has posted a 7-7-4 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 18 appearances with the IceHogs this year during his North American professional debut.
The 23-year-old posted career-best marks in GAA (1.33) and SV% (.946) in 15 games with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League during the 2017-18 season. Lankinen also appeared in 13 playoff games with a 1.99 GAA and a .936 SV%, helping the team to a Liiga bronze medal. He registered a 2.14 GAA and .920 SV% in 42 appearances during the 2016-17 regular season, while also backstopping HIFK to a silver medal.
The Chicago Blackhawks conclude their 2018-19 season schedule tomorrow night in Nashville against the Predators at 7:00 p.m. That game can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago, streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com and on the My Teams by NBC Sports app and heard on WGN Radio.