Blackhawks Sign Boston College Forward Ben Smith to Two-Year Contract


CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Ben Smith to a two-year contract that begins at the start of the 2010-11 season.

The team announced the deal in a news release Sunday. Terms were not disclosed.

The 21-year-old Smith helped Boston College win the NCAA championship this season and was named the tournament's most outstanding player. He had 16 goals and 37 points in 42 games during his senior year.

He played in all 165 of Boston College's games during his four years, racking up 122 points, with 57 goals and 65 assists, and 36 penalty minutes.

Smith was the Blackhawks' fifth choice and 169th overall in the 2008 draft. He is from Avon, Conn.

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