VANCOUVER, B.C. – Michigan Tech All-American Tanner Kero was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks on June 24 from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Michael Chaput.
Kero, 25, split the 2017-18 season between the Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He registered three points (1G-2A-3) in eight games with Chicago and 20 points (8G-12A-20) in 36 games with Rockford. The 6-foot, 185-pound center has appeared in 72 career NHL games, collecting 22 points (8G-14A-22).
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.
Kero will begin his fourth full professional season after initially signing a two-year deal with Chicago on April 2, 2015. He extended his contract with the Blackhawks in March 2017 for two more years. Along with his 72 NHL games, he has appeared in 130 AHL games, tallying 84 points on 40 goals and 44 assists.
Prior to Michigan Tech, Kero tallied 37 points (13G, 24A) in 55 games during the 2010-11 season with the USHL's Fargo Force. He was named to the USHL Western Conference All-Star Team.
The Canucks will begin training camp in September in Whistler, B.C. with their first preseason games on September 18, 19, and 20 at Rogers Arena against Edmonton, Calgary, and Los Angeles.
Kero is an instructor at the Michigan Tech Hockey Camp this week at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.