The Chicago Blackhawks have given defenseman Nick Leddy a two-year contact extension.
The 22-year-old - who was set to become a free agent - has played in every game for Chicago this season, playing an integral role in their Stanley Cup success.
Leddy impressed for the Blackhawks with six goals and 12 assists in the regular season, while contributing with two assists in 23 play-off games.
Following confirmation of Leddy's signing yesterday, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says he believes the defenseman will be essential to the team's continued development.
"We are pleased to announce that Nick will remain a core member of our organization,” said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman.
“Over the course of the past three seasons, Nick has shown continuous development and we think he will be essential to our long-term success.”
Leddy was equalled as thrilled to be re-signing with the Blackhawks for the foreseeable future.
He told the official club website: "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to remain in Chicago and be a part of this special group of young, experienced players on a team in a winning environment," commented Leddy.
"The organisation is first class both on and off the ice, and I am honoured to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks."
Leddy was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Chicago in February 2010.
In his Blackhawks career so far the 6ft, 191 pound defenseman, has 13 goals and 49 assists in176 regular-season games over three seasons.
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