CHICAGO – Former Michigan Tech hockey player Tanner Kero was called back up to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (Feb. 16). Kero was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday (Feb. 12) but did not appear in any AHL games during the stint.
Kero, a native of Hancock, Mich., has four goals and four assists in 22 games with the Blackhawks this season. He scored vs. Detroit on January 10, had two goals and an assist on the game-winning goal at Colorado (Jan. 17), and also scored vs. Winnipeg (Jan. 26). He setup Vinnie Hinostroza 8:11 into the third period at Colorado for the game winner and then setup Marian Hossa three nights later in Boston for the game winner with 1:26 left.
Kero is also tied for fifth on the IceHogs with 20 points (7G, 13A) this year. He is in his second pro season after playing 60 games for Rockford last year, tallying 20 goals and 19 assists. Kero played 17 games for the Blackhawks last season, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists.
While at Michigan Tech, Kero was an All-American, the 2014-15 WCHA Player of the Year, the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, an All-WCHA First Team selection, and won the WCHA scoring title. In 153 career games in a Tech uniform, he racked up 111 points on 55 goals and 56 assists.
Kero helped lead the Huskies to the best start in program history in 2014-15, the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years later that season, and the first GLI Title in 32 years in 2012.
The Blackhawks have the fifth-best record in the NHL and are second in the Central Division of the Western Conference, trailing the Minnesota Wild by seven points.
The Blackhawks return to action Saturday when they face off against the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. at the United Center. NBCSN will broadcast their next five games after Saturday as Chicago plays at Buffalo (Feb. 19), at Minnesota (Feb. 21), and vs. Arizona (Feb. 23), St. Louis (Feb. 26), and Pittsburgh (March 1).