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IceHogs sign junior star Raddysh

The Rockford IceHogs announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Darren Raddysh on a one-year AHL contract.

Raddysh spent the last five seasons playing for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League, where he was the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman in 2016-17 after recording 81 points (16 goals, 65 assists) in 62 games.

The Caledon, Ont., native helped the Otters claim the OHL championship last season and led all defensemen in goals (8), assists (14) and points (22) in 22 postseason contests. Raddysh also competed in five Memorial Cup games, leading all defensemen in goals (3), assists (5) and points (8) while being selected to the tournament all-star team.

Over his five-year junior career, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman racked up 41 goals and 143 assists for 184 points in 272 games. He is Erie’s all-time leader in assists and points among defensemen and helped the Otters set a Canadian Hockey League record with four straight 50-win seasons.