Blackhawks sign Flaherty, Fahey, Ryan


The Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, have signed goaltender Wade Flaherty and defensemen Jim Fahey and Prestin Ryan.

Flaherty played for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose in 2006-07, appearing in 32 games and posting a record of 17-9-2 with two shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

He has a record of 125-83-25 in 252 career AHL games, and won the Jack Butterfield Award as the most valuable player of the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, when he backstopped the Milwaukee Admirals to the championship.

Originally drafted by Buffalo in 1988, Flaherty has appeared in 120 career games in the National Hockey League with San Jose, the N.Y. Islanders, Tampa Bay, Florida and Nashville.

Fahey played 28 AHL games for the Lowell Devils last season, recording nine assists and 37 penalty mintues. He added one assist in 13 NHL contests for New Jersey.

A native of Boston, Fahey has totaled 71 points (8g, 63a) in 154 career AHL games and 25 points (1g, 24a) in 92 NHL games over five professional seasons.

Ryan played for the Manitoba Moose last season, registering five goals and 16 assists for 21 points along with 125 PIM in 58 games. In three pro seasons, Ryan has amassed 19 goals, 34 assists and 349 PIM in 181 AHL games.

He has appeared in one career NHL game, making his debut with Vancouver on Feb. 8, 2006.