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Blackhawks ink netminder Crawford to three-year deal

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks rewarded rookie netminder Corey Crawford with a new three-year contract after recording 33 wins in his debut campaign, the NHL team said on Thursday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team but according to local media reports it is worth $8 million.

Crawford, Chicago's second round selection in the 2003 NHL Draft, led all first-year netminders in wins and tied for the rookie lead with four shutouts.

He posted a 2.30 goals-against average en route to becoming just the second Blackhawks netminder since 1994 to record 30 or more wins and also tied a franchise rookie record with eight consecutive wins.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)