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TOIVONEN RECALLED TO THE BLACKHAWKS

12/26/2010 12:31 PM - IceHogs recall Palmer from Toledo

Rockford, Ill.- The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Sunday that the National Hockey League club has recalled goalie Hannu Toivonen from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Toivonen has appeared in 16 games with Rockford in 2010-11 and has a record of 5-5-3 with one shutout. The Hattula, Finland native also carries a .890 save percentage and a 3.12 goals against average.

The Boston Bruins first round pick (#29 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Toivonen has played in 61 NHL total with the Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Toivonen has an 18-30-4 career record in the NHL with an .889 SPCT and a 3.37 GAA.

In addition, Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced that the IceHogs have recalled goalie Joe Palmer from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Palmer has appeared in nine games for the Walleye with a record of 3-6-0-0. The Yorkville, New York, native shows a 3.66 goals against average and a .869 save percentage on the campaign.

Chicago’s fourth round pick (#96 overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft spent the 2009-10 season with the Texas Brahmas (CHL). Palmer appeared in 32 contests, finishing the season 13-10-4 with 2.75 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

The 22 year-old played three seasons collegiately at Ohio State University (NCAA), where he appeared in 71 games and compiled a career record of 25-36-9 to go along with 3.04 GAA and a .889 save percentage.  Palmer also represented the USA in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Next Home Game: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. Rockford returns from a seven-day Christmas break to take on the Admirals at the Rockford MetroCentre for the second time this season. The game is the third of 10 overall between the two clubs and the front end of a home-and-home series. Sunday is bring your own giveaway night as fans can exchange an unwanted Christmas gift for one brought by another fan at a table in the concourse.