By Woodard, Dale on November 18, 2019.
Kris Versteeg and the Rockford IceHogs are mutually parting ways.
On Sunday, the American Hockey League team announced it had granted the Lethbridge product’s request to terminate his one-year AHL contract with the IceHogs.
Versteeg, who was named the IceHogs’ captain after signing a tryout contract with the Blackhawks prior to the 2019-20 season, played in six games this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes.
The 33-year-old battled a hip injury during his 14th pro season.
He signed with the team in April after splitting the 2018-19 season between KHL’s Avangard Omsk in Russia and the SHL’s VŠxjš Lakers HC in Sweden.
Versteeg now plans to pursue a broadcasting career.
Versteeg was a member of the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup championship team. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 2010-11 season, but returned to the Blackhawks in 2013, scoring 14 goals and dishing out 20 assists during their championship-winning 2014-15 season.
In all, he has scored 149 goals in 643 NHL games.
In an statement, Versteeg thanked the Blackhawks’ organization and its fans for their support during his career.
“This organization gave me everything that I have today, and for this I am grateful,” he said. “I would like to thank all members of the Blackhawks and IceHogs organizations from top to bottom, and most importantly, the great fans of Chicago and Rockford.”