Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks Award Niklas Hjalmarsson 5-Year Extension


Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Two days after extending goaltender Corey Crawford’s contract, the Chicago Blackhawks did the same Wednesday morning for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, extending his contract for five years through the 2018-19 NHL season.

Pierre LeBrun of TSN Hockey reported the deal is worth $4.1 million per year on average.

Hjalmarsson, 26, won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 with the Blackhawks. During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run, he registered five assists and a career-best +10 plus/minus rating in 23 playoff games.

The Eksjo, Sweden native, recorded 10 points (2G, 8A) and had a career-high +15 rating in 48-regular season in 2013. In 306 career regular-season games, he has recorded 56 points (9G, 47A) and a +48 rating, while adding 17 points (1G, 16A) in 75 post-season games.

Hjalmarsson was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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