Springfield Jr. Blues alumni Matheson Iacopelli signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday morning. He will report to the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, Rockford IceHogs.
Iacopelli, 22, played for the Springfield Jr. Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season, posting 3 goals and an assist in just 4 games. This season, he posted 20 goals and 16 assists in 40 games during his sophomore year with the Western Michigan Broncos.
Iacopelli’s 20 tallies paced the Broncos and shared fourth in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Chicago’s third round draft choice (83rd overall) in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft was named the NCHC’s Player of the Month in November after compiling 11 points (7G, 4A) in six games. The Brownstown, Michigan, native also earned NCHC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice, Oct. 31-Nov. 6 and Nov. 14-20.
In two seasons at Western Michigan, Iacopelli recorded 21 goals and 22 assists in 67 games. Prior to his collegiate career, he spent two seasons with the United States Hockey League’s Muskegon Lumberjacks where he registered 100 points (64G, 36A) in 114 contests.