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Andrew Shaw gets 2-year contract extension from Blackhawks

Updated: November 12, 2013 6:46PM

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

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

``It’s awesome. The family’s proud of me,’’ said Shaw, a fifth-round Hawks’ pick in 2011 who had gone undrafted the previous two years. ``Being passed over twice in he 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’s listed at 5-10 and 180 pounds, had five goals and four assists during the Hawks’ Stanley Cup run last spring, He had five goals and four assists in those playoffs last season, including the game-winning goal in triple overtime in Game 1 of the finals.

``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 release. ``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 and 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,’’ the Belleville, Ont., native said. ``I went out and gave it everything I had.’’

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