Motte Making His Points With The IceHogs

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You’ll have a hard time finding a more productive IceHog than Tyler Motte. The young forward has a knack for scoring.  He’s one reason why the IceHogs have some hope of stepping up their game and getting out of the division basement.

Motte was just sent down by the Blackhawks last week.  In 33 games with them he had only four goals and three assists, but with the IceHogs it’s a different story.

When he joined them at the end of last season he had five points in five regular season games. He then led them in goals in the playoffs.

This season with the Hogs he has four points in four games.  His teammates know what type of impact he can make.

“He’s a good skater, has a great shot, a good release. He even sees the ice good, and I think he’s got a little bit of everything that kind of make shim whole,” says forward Spencer Abbott.

A demotion to the IceHogs wasn’t what Motte had in mind, but he knows it could work out to his advantage.

“Use it as a step forward rather than backwards,” says Motte. “Come down here, play some more minutes. Play in some different situations.”

Situations like getting some more ice time in face off situations and on special teams.

“Not that I didn’t see those in Chicago, but I’m seeing a little bit more of it here and I’m feeling more comfortable in those situations,” says Motte.

What did you gain the most in his couple months up with the  Blackhawks in terms of helping him become a better player?

“Just the lifestyle. You really learn how to manage your time at the rink and away from the rink. How hard you have to work each and every day.”

So which Blackhawks players were the most helpfu to him?

“For me it was (Marcus) Kruger a lot early on. Toews, Seabrook, Kane, Hossa…all those guys kind of chip in in their own way,” says Motte.

Motte is in his first full pro season. In college at Michigan he led the Big Ten in goals last season.

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