Blackhawks trade Pokka to Ottawa

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defensman Ville Pokka to the Ottawa Senators for forward Chris DiDomenico.

Pokka, who was acquired by the Blackhawks on Oct. 4, 2014, was part of the trade that sent defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders.  Pokka played 266 games for the Rockford IceHogs, registering 127 points (28G 99A).

Pokka was supposed to have been the centerpiece of the Leddy trade, but he was never utilized by the Blackhawks.  Pokka was never called up by the Hawks, and was routinely passed by in favor of other defensemen that came into the Blackhawks system way after he did, like Jan Rutta, Michal Kempny, Gustav Forsling and Jordan Oesterle.

This is DiDomenico’s second stint with the Blackhawks and the IceHogs.  He played 74 games in Rockford between 2010 and 2012.  Originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was traded to Chicago back in 2010, along with forwards Viktor Stalberg and Philippe Paradis for forwards Kris Versteeg and Bill Sweatt.  He left for the Serie A Italian League after the 2011-2012 season, spending two years with the Asiago HC, before leaving for the Swiss club SCL Tigers of the then National League B.

He started the 2017-2018 season with the Belleville Senators, the Otttawa AHL affiliate.  On Nov. 23, 2017, he was waived by the Senators after 12 games and was picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He played for the Lightning’s AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch until he was waived by the Bolts on Dec. 2, 2017.  He was claimed by the Senators, the team that previously waived him, and was assigned to Belleville until he was waived by them a second time yesterday, Feb. 14th.  In 102 AHL games, DiDomenico has 32 points (8G 24A).

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