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REBELS' FROESE SIGNS WITH NHL'S BLACKHAWKS

May 31, 2011 - 11:01 GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks announced they have signed Red Deer Rebels' forward Byron Froese (FRAYZ) to three-year entry-level contract.

Froese, 20, shared ninth in the Western Hockey League with a career-high 43 goals, including a league-leading 24 power-play markers, and ranked third on the Red Deer Rebels with a career-best 81 points in 70 regular-season games. The Winkler, Manitoba, native also paced the Rebels with five goals and added two assists in nine WHL postseason tilts.

Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Froese notched 99 goals and 115 assists in 233 career contests over parts of three WHL campaigns with Red Deer (2010-11) and the Everett Silvertips (2008-10).