Sep 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brad Winchester (left) and center Joakim Nordstrom (middle) congratulate left wing Bryan Bickell (29) after Bickel scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks acquire former IceHogs defenseman via trade


Sep 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brad Winchester (left) and center Joakim Nordstrom (middle) congratulate left wing Bryan Bickell (29) after Bickel scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks traded veteran forward Brad Winchester to the Wild for AHL defenseman Brian Connelly.

Connelly, 27, played collegiate hockey with Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from 2006-09. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 by the Blackhawks due to his small 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame but was traded to the Flames in 2012.

Although he has not made his NHL debut, he leads the AHL’s Iowa Wild with 27 assists and 32 points in 50 games this season. The Minnesota native has 213 points in seven AHL seasons and played in the AHL All-Star game twice.

Winchester, 32, was selected in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Oilers. He has 37 goals and 31 assists in 390 career NHL games with the Oilers, Stars, Blues, Ducks and Sharks. He has 16 goals and 14 assists in 55 games for the Rockford IceHogs.

The Blackhawks will come off their Olympic break tomorrow to play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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