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‘Hawks sign Minnesota Frozen Four hero to minor-league deal

2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: Seth Ambroz #17 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers picks up teammate Justin Holl after Holl scored the game winning goal against North Dakota with only .6 seconds remaining during the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Championship Semifinal at the Wells Fargo Center on April 10, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

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We’ll close out Blackhawks Day on PHT with news of a signing for their AHL team in Rockford and he’s got some Frozen Four cred.

Jason Gonzalez of The Star Tribune reports the Blackhawks have signed former University of Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl to a one-year deal to join the Rockford IceHogs.

Holl, 22, was a 2010 second-round pick by Chicago and will forever be remembered by Golden Gophers fans for helping defeat hated rival North Dakota in the 2014 Frozen Four semifinal. His goal with 0.6 seconds left gave the Gophers a 2-1 victory and a spot in the national championship game against eventual champion Union College.

In four seasons at Minnesota, Holl tallied eight goals and 38 points. He joins what’s become a crowded pack of young defensemen in the fold with the Blackhawks that includes former college players Stephen Johns (Notre Dame), Adam Clendening (Boston University), and Trevor van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire).

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