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Kale Howarth Signs 1-year AHL Contract with Rockford IceHogs

The 24-year-old forward and former Blue Jackets prospect scored five goals and seven points in 18 games during his junior season at UConn.
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Kale Howarth signed a one-year AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, on Thursday.

The 24-year-old forward scored five goals and seven points in 18 games for UConn this past season as a junior. He had 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 79 games during his three-year NCAA career.

“Kale is a big, strong kid and he is excited to be a part of the organization,” IceHogs Head coach Derek King said in a release. “When I spoke with him, he already sounds like a professional and he’s eager to learn. I’m excited for him and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do on the ice. He’s a big guy (6-foot-5, 201 pounds) with a lot of hockey in him.”

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Selected in the fifth round (No. 148 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Howarth's draft rights expired Aug. 16 after he did not sign with the club. He is familiar with a new IceHogs teammate, defenseman Ian Mitchell. The two grew up playing against each other in Alberta leagues and the British Columbia Hockey league.

“It’s a dream come true to be joining the Blackhawks organization,” Howarth said. “It has been a long journey for me and I’m excited to get going. I’m a big-bodied presence on the ice that likes to create time and space for my teammates. When I come into camp, I want to be a sponge and learn as much as I can.”