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Blackhawks re-assign Henri Jokiharju to AHL

The defenseman skated only 9:14 minutes in Chicago’s loss Friday.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks re-assigned rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju to the AHL on Saturday morning after his one-game emergency call up.

Chicago brought up Jokiharju on an emergency basis as fellow defenseman Carl Dahlstrom was out with flu-like symptoms. Jokiharju — in his first NHL game in exactly a month — only skated 9:14 minutes of ice time Friday in the Blackhawks’ 5-3 loss to the Avalanche at the United Center.

Jokiharju has no goals and 12 assists in 38 NHL games this season. Prior to his call up, Jokiharju registered a goal and eight assists in nine AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs. The 19-year-old has logged top-line minutes for Rockford and is seeing playing time on the power play, which he wouldn’t see with the Blackhawks.

The IceHogs begin a two-game road trip out East on Saturday, when they visit the Hershey Bears (Capitals). Rockford is currently in a Calder Cup playoff spot in fourth place in the Central Division with 60 points, which is only five points clear of the last-place Manitoba Moose.