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Cale Morris Returning to Rockford IceHogs on AHL Contract, Per Report

The 24-year-old goaltender had a team-best .923 save percentage in seven games this past season.
Cale Morris

Cale Morris will return to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on an AHL contract, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic.

The goaltender led the Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate with a .923 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average in seven games this past season. The 24-year-old rookie served as the primary backup behind Matt Tomkins, who was in the final year of an NHL contract. Tomkins has not re-signed with the Blackhawks or IceHogs at this time.

Morris signed an AHL contract with Rockford this past October after a four-year career at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Morris was 52-28-18 with a .931 save percentage and 11 shutouts during his four-year NCAA career. His best season came in 2018, when he won the Mike Richter Award as the best NCAA goalie.

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Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Morris was 58-32-6 with a .914 save percentage in 107 games with the Chicago Steel and Waterloo Black Hawks from 2013-16 in the USHL.

The Blackhawks have goalies Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen, and Malcolm Subban each signed through the 2021-22 season, but each one will require waivers to be reassigned to the AHL.

The IceHogs have three goalies under contract for the 2021-22 season with Tom Aubrun, Arvid Söderblom, and Morris. Aubrun has one year remaining on an AHL contract, while Söderblom joined the Blackhawks organization on a two-year NHL contract May 13.

Rockford also had Scott Darling and Ivan Nalimov each signed to professional tryout contracts this past season. Darling, a 2015 Stanley Cup champion, filled in for the IceHogs' season opener as Tomkins completed his recovery from COVID-19. Nalimov joined Rockford after his KHL season ended with Sochi. He had a .885 save percentage and 3.43 goals-against average in five games.