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Rockford IceHogs' Ville Pokka earns AHL All-Rookie Honors

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Defenseman named among league's top first-year players.

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Chicago Blackhawks' prospect and Rockford IceHogs defenseman Ville Pokka was named to the American Hockey League All-Rookie Team for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

Pokka was acquired in a trade that sent Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4. Pokka has eight goals and 22 assists in 64 games with the IceHogs this season. He helped stabilize a blue-line group that lost all-stars Adam Clendening and T.J. Brennan to mid-season trades, and secured a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for Rockford for the first time in five years.

The 20-year-old played in 54 games with Karpat in the SM-Liiga in Finland last season. He was originally a second-round pick (34th overall) by the Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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