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By WBH, 04/02/21, 5:45PM CDT


Hinostroza Traded Back to Chicago Blackhawks

Former Waterloo Black Hawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza is a Chicago Blackhawk for the second time in his NHL career.


The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have acquired forward Vinnie Hinostroza from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. Hinostroza's contract has a salary cap hit of $1,000,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season.

Selected by Chicago in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, Hinostroza returns to Chicago after appearing in 106 regular-season games for the Blackhawks from 2015-18, tallying 13 goals and 26 assists. He also skated in one postseason contest for Chicago during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Bartlett, Illinois native skated in nine games with the Panthers this season. Hinostroza played two seasons (2018-20) for the Arizona Coyotes, recording career highs in games played (72), goals (16), assists (23) and points (39) during the 2018-19 campaign. In 255 career National Hockey League games, Hinostroza has totaled 100 points (34G, 66A).

Over the course of three seasons in Waterloo from 2010/11 to 2012/13, Hinostroza appeared in 151 USHL regular season games.  He stacked up 53 goals and 73 assists, adding up to 126 points.  During the Black Hawks’ junior era, those totals rank among the club’s career leaders.  Waterloo reached the Clark Cup Championship Series in 2012 and won a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup while Hinostroza wore Black Hawks colors.

His is one of a dozen Black Hawks alumni to have appeared in an NHL game this season.

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