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Blackhawks sign Keith, MacDonald

The Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, announced Tuesday that the team has signed forwards Matt Keith and Craig MacDonald to one-year deals.

Keith spent the majority of the 2005-06 season with Norfolk, appearing in 72 games and totaling 45 points (26 goals, 19 assists) and 61 penalty minutes. His 26 goals were a career high, and he tied for the team lead with six game-winning goals.

The 23-year-old Keith also appeared in two NHL games with the Blackhawks last season.

A native of Edmonton, Keith has registered 57 goals and 63 assists for 120 points in 218 games with Norfolk over the last three seasons. He has added two goals and three assists in 22 NHL matches with Chicago.

Keith was a second-round draft choice by the Blackhawks in 2001.

MacDonald, 29, served as captain of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in 2005-06, recording eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 37 games. He also picked up three goals and two assists in 25 NHL games with Calgary.

In 263 career AHL games with Omaha, Lowell, San Antonio and New Haven, MacDonald has collected 61 goals and 110 assists for 171 points. The native of Antigonish, N.S., has also played in 135 career NHL games with Calgary, Boston, Florida and Carolina, recording five goals and 12 assists.