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THREE THINGS: Get to know Dominik Kahun

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Dominik Kahun to an entry-level contract

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dominik Kahun to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season. Here are three things to know about the forward.

1. Czech born, German raised

Kahun was born in Plan, Czech Republic in 1995, but his family moved to Germany when he was a child. He has since become a staple of German hockey at the international level. He's represented Deutschland at various levels throughout his career, from World Juniors to World Championships and the Olympics. He's spent the past four seasons in Munich.

2. Scoring title

Kahun played in the DNL (Deutsche Nashwuchsliga), Germany's elite junior league, from 2010-2012. During the 2011-12 season, Kahun led the league in scoring with 57 points for Jungadler Mannheim U18.

He edged out then teammate and now Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl by one point that season.

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Kahun had 21 goals, good for second on the team, and 36 assists, which led his squad. The next year he came to North America to play for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, where he had a solid first season, recording 13 goals and 27 assists for a total of 40 points in 58 games.

3. Olympic breakout

The 2018 Winter Olympics were a chance for Kahun to shine on a big stage. The forward was a part of Germany's impressive run to a silver medal.

In the preliminary round, Germany beat Norway 2-1 and then they outlasted Switzerland 2-1 in the qualifier to advance to the playoffs. Kahun had two assists in those initial two games.

Kahun scored a goal to give Germany a 3-1 lead over Sweden in the quarterfinals. The Germans would eventually hang on to defeat the Swedes 4-3 and advance again.

The forward recorded another assist in a shocking 4-3 victory over the Canadians, which bought Germany a ticket to the gold medal game against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).  

Kahun scored the equalizer in the third period to make it a 2-2 game. However, OAR would eventually pull out the 4-3 victory, giving Germany silver in what would be a memorable second place finish.

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