Jacob LeGuerrier signed a one-year contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, on Thursday.
LeGuerrier, who will turn 21 on Nov. 22, played in four games this past season for the Laval Rocket, the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, during his rookie season. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound defenseman joined Laval after a four-year career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Soo Greyhounds. He scored 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) in 226 career games, including career highs in points (31) and assists (25) in the 2019-20 season.
Selected in the fifth round (No. 126 overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Canadiens, LeGuerrier became a free agent when Montreal elected not to sign him to an entry-level contract this summer. He joins forward Kale Howarth as former NHL drafted players to sign with the IceHogs for this upcoming season. Howarth was selected in the fifth round in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
LeGuerrier is familiar with his new IceHogs teammate, forward D.J. Busdeker. The two played against each other in the OHL’s West Division with Busdeker playing for the Saginaw Spirit.
The IceHogs play two preseason games against the Iowa Wild on Thursday and Friday at Xtreme Arena in Coralville, Iowa. Rockford opens its regular season Friday, Oct. 15 against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.