Former Minnesota State defenseman Ben Youds signed a one-year contract with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. Rockford is the primary minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Youds participated in the Blackhawks' prospects camp the last two summers.
"We're very excited about the addition of Ben Youds as he impressed all of our staff at the past two prospect camps in Chicago and is coming off an excellent college career," said Mark Bernard, Blackhawks general manager of minor league affiliations, in a press release. "We look forward to watching his development over the next year."