Just before dropping the puck against the Red Wings on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks announced an addition to their roster.
Forward Drew LeBlanc, who was named the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner – given to the top player in NCAA hockey – earlier in the day, has signed a one-year deal with the Hawks.
LeBlanc, 23, just finished a fantastic season with St. Cloud State. In 42 regular season games, LeBlanc scored 13 goals and added 37 assists while leading St. Cloud St. to the Frozen Four. He led the nation in assists and was seventh in points this season.
He missed most of last season with a significant leg injury, but returned to have an award-winning final collegiate campaign.
This won’t be his first time playing in Chicago. From 2006 to 2008, LeBlanc played for the Chicago Steel in the USHL, posting 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 78 games. He was a two-year team captain at St. Cloud State and was named both 2013 All-WCHA First Team and Player of the Year.
He will reportedly join the Blackhawks this weekend, and will wear number 14.