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Blackhawks give Andrew Shaw 2-year, $4 million extension

Updated: November 13, 2013 11:00AM

Once considered too small and unskilled, scrappy center Andrew Shaw has been rewarded for his feisty play with a two-year contract extension, the Blackhawks said Tuesday.

The contract, which will keep Shaw with the Hawks through the 2015-16 season, is worth $2 million a year.

‘‘It’s awesome. The family’s proud of me,’’ said Shaw, 22, whom the Hawks selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft after he had gone undrafted the previous two years. ‘‘Being passed over twice in the draft always pushed me to prove everyone wrong, I guess. People said I was too small or not skilled enough to make the NHL. That drove me to prove them wrong, and I did.’’

Shaw, who is listed at 5-10 and 180 pounds, had five goals and four assists during the Hawks’ Stanley Cup title run last spring, including the winning goal in triple overtime in Game 1 of the championship
series against the Boston Bruins.

‘‘It’s great to come to this agreement with Andrew and keep another important member of our team here in Chicago,’’ general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement released by the team. ‘‘Andrew has proven his ability to play a prominent role on our team, and we look forward to watching him continue to grow as a player.’’

Shaw has 25 goals, 24 assists and a plus-11 rating in 103 career regular-season games, including four goals and seven assists in 18 games this season.

‘‘With the opportunity Chicago gave me, I wasn’t going to let it slide,’’ said Shaw, a native of Belle-
ville, Ontario. ‘‘I went out and gave it everything I had.’’

While noting that Shaw is more skilled than people realize, coach Joel Quenneville said his work ethic and feisty attitude are his
key assets.

‘‘He’s a hard-working kid,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s relentless. That’s what you want on your team. It can become contagious. He finds a way to get the job done. The abrasiveness he brings to the game, his relentless approach, is much appreciated.’’

Shaw, who would have been a restricted free agent after this
season, is making $577,500. After playing a big role in the Hawks’ Cup run, he was due for a significant raise. This extension ends questions about that.

‘‘It’s always in the back of your head,’’ Shaw said. ‘‘It’s nice to clear the air. Now I can just focus on
improving my game.’’

One area where his teammates would like to see strides is Shaw’s tendency to fill the air.

‘‘He talks a lot, yeah,’’ defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said with a smile. ‘‘That’s something he has to work on.’’

Then he added: ‘‘He has been a big factor. We have a lot of skill players. Shawzy can make plays, but he’s a good guy to have. He gets under the skin of the other team. It’s always good to have one of those players on your team.’’

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