Saskatoon Blades alumnus Kirby Dach staying with Chicago Blackhawks

Don’t expect to see Kirby Dach back in the Saskatoon Blades lineup.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday the Western Hockey League (WHL) alumnus will be remaining in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Blades’ general manager Colin Priestner said to have the first 18-year-old WHL player in the NHL since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins speaks volumes of both Dach and the job their coaches have done preparing him for this opportunity.

“We knew given his performance at their summer camp, prospects tournament and early in the season that sticking with the Hawks was a strong possibility, so we have been preparing in anticipation of this news,” Priestner said in a statement.

“While it may sting in the short term to not have him in our lineup, overall this is a great day for the Blades in the big picture. This kind of news can really help future recruiting and shows Saskatoon is a place where top-end junior hockey players can come to help reach their goals.”

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