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Blackhawks Assign Prospects Nolan Allan, Colton Dach to Rockford IceHogs for Calder Cup Playoffs

Chicago’s top two 2021 draft picks will join the IceHogs after their respective junior seasons ended in the WHL playoffs.

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The Chicago Blackhawks assigned defenseman Nolan Allan and forward Colton Dach to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Sunday.

The 19-year-olds had their respective junior seasons end in the WHL Playoffs this past weekend. Allan scored 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists) in 65 regular-season games and one assist in five playoff games for the Prince Albert Raiders. Dach recorded team highs in points (79) and assists (50), and shared the team lead in goals (29) in 61 regular-season games for the Kelowna Rockets. He did not score a point in five playoff games.

Dach is the younger brother of former IceHogs and current Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach.

The Blackhawks selected Nolan Allan and Colton Dach in the first and second rounds of the 2021 NHL Draft, respectively. They each signed a three-year entry-level contract with Chicago last fall.

The Rockford IceHogs claimed the fourth seed in the AHL’s Central Division to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Rockford will host the No. 5-seeded Texas Stars in a best-of-three first-round series. Games 1 and 2 are at 7 PM Wednesday and Friday, respectively, at the BMO Harris Bank Center. If necessary, Game 3 is 6 PM Saturday.

The Rockford-Texas series winner will advance to face the No. 1-seeded Chicago Wolves (Carolina Hurricanes) in a best-of-five series.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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