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Michal Kempny agrees to one-year contract to remain with Blackhawks

Defenseman would have become restricted free agent on July 1 @NHLdotcom

Defenseman Michal Kempny agreed to terms on one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kempny, 26, who could have become a restricted free agent July 1, had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 50 games in his first season in the NHL. 

"Michal's style of play is an asset to our defense," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Kempny played for Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, where he had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) and was plus-18 in 59 games. Kempny also played for the Czech Republic in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2017 World Hockey Championship. 

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