For the first time this offseason, the Rockford IceHogs announced two player signings in one week. The team announced the return of defenseman Cliff Watson on Tuesday and made public the return of a forward on Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate announced that forward Riley McKay signed an AHL contract that runs through the 2021-22 season.
McKay, 22, skated in 12 games for Rockford last season and added five games with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL. The Manitoba, Canada native stands 6 feet tall and weighs just over 200 pounds. He plays with an edge as he tallied 25 penalty minutes with the Hogs in 2021.
Before his time within the Blackhawks organization, McKay played in 243 games with the Saskatoon Blades and Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. In that time, he racked up 517 penalty minutes and 87 points (38 goals, 49 assists). McKay was also a teammate of Kirby Dach during the 2018-19 season with the Blades where he led the WHL in penalty minutes with 149.
Head coach Derek King said in a press release that McKay made strides last season during the developmental work they put in before practices and expects him to compete for a spot this upcoming year.
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