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08/28/2008 9:15 AM

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Chicago, Ill.-The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have signed center Tim Brent (6-0, 197) to a one-year contract.

Brent, 24, was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Danny Richmond (6-0, 194) on July 17. The Cambridge, Ontario, native has recorded one goal and six penalty minutes in 16 career National Hockey League games, which includes being held scoreless in one appearance with the Penguins last season.  He also skated in 15 contests with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 campaign. 
Brent notched professional career highs in goals (18), assists (43) points (61) and penalty minutes (79) in 74 regular-season matchups with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season. He shared the AHL lead with 12 goals and tied for third overall with 27 points in 23 postseason games last year to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reach the Calder Cup Finals.

Overall, Brent has tallied 133 points (54 goals, 79 assists) and 193 penalty minutes in 205 career AHL contests during his four-year professional career.