CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they have reached a deal with forward Tanner Kero on a new two-year contract extension on Thursday afternoon.
The new deal is set to run through the 2018-2019 season, for an undisclosed amount at this time. Kero is currently earning $667,500 this season, the final year of a two-year deal that he signed with the Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent in April of 2015.
Kero, 24, has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) through 38 games with the Blackhawks on the 2016-2017 campaign. Kero began the season with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs, where he recorded 20 points (seven goals, thirteen assists) before being called up to the NHL by the Blackhawks in December.
Through 55 games with the Blackhawks Kero has recorded 15 points (six goals, nine assists) since being acquired in 2015. Kero has also logged 64 points (32G, 32A) over the course of his 94 games with the Rockford Ice Hogs to this point in his career.
Kero, has logged extended playing time during his most recent stint with the Blackhawks largely in part due to his two-way performance to this point, and most recently the injury to center Artem Anisimov. Kero is one of seven rookies to play for the Blackhawks this season.
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The Blackhawks will host the Dallas Stars tonight, looking for the season series sweep as Johnny Oduya faces off against the Stars for the first time since being re-acquired by the Hawks in February before the trade deadline. Catch the action live on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WGN-720AM (Radio), puck drop is set for 7:30 pm (CT).