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‘Hawks sign Minnesota Frozen Four hero to minor-league deal

Aug 4, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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We’ll close out Blackhawks Day on PHT with news of a signing for their AHL team in Rockford and he’s got some Frozen Four cred.

Jason Gonzalez of The Star Tribune reports the Blackhawks have signed former University of Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl to a one-year deal to join the Rockford IceHogs.

Holl, 22, was a 2010 second-round pick by Chicago and will forever be remembered by Golden Gophers fans for helping defeat hated rival North Dakota in the 2014 Frozen Four semifinal. His goal with 0.6 seconds left gave the Gophers a 2-1 victory and a spot in the national championship game against eventual champion Union College.

In four seasons at Minnesota, Holl tallied eight goals and 38 points. He joins what’s become a crowded pack of young defensemen in the fold with the Blackhawks that includes former college players Stephen Johns (Notre Dame), Adam Clendening (Boston University), and Trevor van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire).

  1. tross16 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM


  2. strictlythedanks - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Descent player, def/forward type guy, I wouldnt expect a lot out of him in the nhl.

  3. wutangwild - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Good for him. Even if he never makes it to the NHL, he will be remembered in Gopher lore. That game was incredible.

  4. rsmaggiemae - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Congrats Justin
    We here in Minnesota know that you will do your best to make it to the NHL with the Hawks
    My only regret in this signing is that its with the Hawks in our Division…
    This division is getting to be the hardest one to win in…
    Best of Luck to you in the future

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