General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed left winger Jack Skille to a 3-year contract.
"We feel Jack is a very dynamic player with size, speed, skill, and grit," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. "He has the makings of a strong power forward in the National Hockey League. He has a great attitude and is a character kid."
Skille, stands at 6.01 and weighs in at 206 pounds. He was the Blackhawks' 1st round pick (7th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Skille has played the last two seasons for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. He was a member of the 2006 NCAA National Championship Team at Wisconsin.
This past season, Skille played in 26 games for Wisconsin scoring 8 goals and adding 10 assists for 18 points with 12 penalty minutes. Of his 8 goals, he had one power play goal, one shorthanded goal, and one game winner. He suffered an elbow injury early in the season that kept him out of the lineup for a while.
Skille played for the United States in the under-20 World Junior Championships for the past two years. In the 2005 World Juniors, Skille appeared in seven games and scored two goals with four penalty minutes. In the 2006 World Junior Tournament, Skille played in 7 games and scored one goal while adding five assists for six points with 14 penalty minutes.
In the 2005-06 Midwest Regional Finals, Skille scored the game winning goal in triple overtime to give Wisconsin a 1-0 win over Cornell. In his two years at the University of Wisconsin, Skille appeared in 67 games scoring 21 goals and adding 18 assists for 39 points with 49 penalty minutes and won a National Championship.