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04/06/2011 10:09 AM

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Chicago, Ill.- The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Ben Smith from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Smith, 22, ranks second on the IceHogs with 19 goals, including a team-high two shorthanded markers, and has added 12 assists in 63 AHL tilts this year in his professional debut. The Avon, Connecticut, native has also appeared in three games for the Blackhawks this season.

Chicago’s fifth selection (169th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Smith was honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Frozen Four while leading Boston College to the 2010 NCAA Championship and serving as an alternate captain in his senior season. He was also named to the All-Tournament team as a sophomore while helping the Eagles to a national title.

Next Home Game: Friday, April 8 vs. Lake Erie Monsters: Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Rockford returns home and welcomes the Lake Erie Monsters to the MetroCentre for the final time in 2010-11. The IceHogs will be celebrating Hammy’s birthday with several area mascots as the team opens the final weekend of the 2010-11 season.