The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday that they have recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and assigned forward Tanner Kero to Rockford.
Hinostroza leads the IceHogs and shares 11th in the American Hockey League with 22 points (9G, 13A) in 23 games this season. The Bartlett, Illinois, native has six multi-point games with the IceHogs. He set a season high with three assists in Rockford’s victory over Texas on Dec. 2. He logged a season-long six-game point streak where he tallied four goals and six assists from Oct. 14-25.
The University of Notre Dame alum has registered 14 points (6G, 8A) in 56 career National Hockey League games. He has also skated in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with the Blackhawks. Hinostroza, 23, notched his first NHL goal on Nov. 19, 2016 at Vancouver, adding two assists in Chicago’s victory. He recorded three multi-point performances in 49 games last season.
Kero has appeared in eight games this year, tallying a goal and two helpers. He has 22 points (8G, 14A) in 72 games over the last three seasons.
The Chicago Blackhawks also have activateded goaltender Corey Crawford from injured reserve and reassigned goaltender J.F. Berube to the IceHogs.
Crawford is 11-7-2 this season, ranks ninth in the National Hockey League with a 2.29 goals against average and is sixth with a .930 save percentage in 21 appearances. The Montreal native was named the league’s Number One Star for the week ending Nov. 5 after he recorded a 0.68 GAA, .979 SV% and two shutouts.
Berube appeared in one game with the Blackhawks, stopping 12 of 14 shots against Washington on Dec. 6. Prior to being recalled, he was 6-6-0 with a 2.54 GAA, .913 SV% and two shutouts in 12 appearances with the IceHogs.