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Sharks Acquire LW Mark Bell In Exchange For Preissing And Hennessy

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired Forward Mark Bell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Defenseman Tom Preissing and Center Josh Hennessy.

Bell, 25, finished second on the Blackhawks in scoring last season, setting new career-highs with 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists) and added 107 penalty minutes while playing in all 82 games for the third consecutive season. It was the second consecutive 20+ goal campaign for the power forward in four full NHL seasons, each of which he recorded over 100 penalty minutes. In addition, he led the team in power play goals (11) and shots (225) in 2005-06.

“We feel Mark Bell has his best hockey ahead of him and that he is ready to break through to the next level,” said Wilson. “He’s a big, tough player who can play in all situations. He’s a great addition to our current mix of players.”

Bell was second on Chicago with 10 multiple-point games and posted an eight-game scoring streak from Nov. 13 to Dec. 2 registering 14 points (nine goals, five assists). He played his 300th career game on Jan. 11 vs. Philadelphia …

The six-foot-four, 210-pound native of St. Paul’s, Ontario is primarily a left wing/center but can play all three forward positions. In 339 NHL games, all with Chicago, Bell has posted 151 points (72 goals, 79 assists) and 454 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by Chicago in the first round (8th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Preissing, signed by San Jose as a free agent on April 4, 2003, scored 62 points (13 goals, 49 assists) in 143 NHL games. Last season, he posted 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 74 games with San Jose.

Hennessy, selected by San Jose in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft spent his first professional season with Cleveland in the American Hockey League last season, where he scored 63 points (24 goals,
39 assists) in 80 games.

“We gave up two very good players in this deal,” Wilson added. “Tommy has been a part of our organization for several years now and has been a big contributor for us. Josh has a great future ahead of him. We wish both of them the best moving forward.”
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