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Chicago Blackhawks sign Akim Aliu to three-year contract

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08-25-2008, 12:33 PM
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Chicago Blackhawks sign Akim Aliu to three-year contract

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Akim Aliu to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.

Aliu, 19, was ranked third on the OHL's London Knights with a career-high 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) and 133 penalty minutes in 60 games last season.

Born in Okene, Nigeria, Aliu was raised in Ukraine until he was seven before moving to Toronto in the mid-90's.

Chicago's third choice (56th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Aliu made his professional debut last year, posting two penalty minutes in two contests with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.


Aliu notched 58 goals, 123 points and 316 penalty minutes in 160 career regular-season OHL tilts with the Windsor Spitfires (2005-06), Sudbury Wolves (2005-07) and Knights.
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I remember this guy. Didn't he have some major attitude problems?

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I can't wait until the Flyers play the Blackhawks. **** will go down.

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i hope he fights Downie, and beats the crap outta him.

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Nice, even though he'll probably stay in the O this year. He could get a cup of tea with the club, however.

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nice. I love this guy's attitude, and hope he can transition into a chris neil type player in the NHL.

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i hope he fights Downie, and beats the crap outta him.
What will probably go down in history as the most agreed with post on HF.

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Sweet name.

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i hope he fights Downie, and beats the crap outta him.
That whole situation is in the past, if the two players fight eachother it won't be because of the hazing incident.

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That whole situation is in the past, if the two players fight eachother it won't be because of the hazing incident.
Right, it will be because they're both headcases.

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hardest slap shot in the ohl. if he gets his head on straight he'll be a threat professionally.

his shot is just ridiculous. at london practices, the goalies wouldnt butterfly or anything against his slap shot because it was just out of control and a bullet.

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This is the guy..I think

http://data4.blog.de/media/728/17287...3887cdb_m.jpeg

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People are already jumping on the guy, perhaps rightly so, because of his junior record. But, it's the Tootoo's and the Downie's, I think, that really are giving this guy a bad name.

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Gotta love the Black Russian. Wish him all the best.

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Gotta love the Black Russian. Wish him all the best.
How is he Russian?

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glad to see. i will be posting an interview i did with akim during the week.

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How is he Russian?
He grew up in Ukraine and is fluent in Russian.

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I remember this guy. Didn't he have some major attitude problems?
I'd have a major attitude problem as well if you got hazed and treated like **** but because of the racism in hockey, you gain a bad reputation and the guy who did it to you gets on Team Canada in the World Juniors.

Being around the Spitfires incident was really, really tough for me. I just had to delete several sentences knowing if I posted it I'd be banned for a few days. I don't blame Flyers fans for not getting it. I moreso blame Grit Babies who excuse Downie because of his "GRIT GRIT GRIT BABY GRIT!".

Aliu will make the NHL at some point and have a solid career as a third/fourth liner for the Blackhawks.

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He grew up in Ukraine and is fluent in Russian.
Wouldn't that make him Ukrainian and not Russian.

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Wouldn't that make him Ukrainian and not Russian.
It does make him Nigerian-Ukranian but a lot of people hear he can speak Russian and automatically assume he is Russian.

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Wouldn't that make him Ukrainian and not Russian.
The black russian sounds cooler then the black ukrainian

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Wouldn't that make him Ukrainian and not Russian.
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I can't wait until the Flyers play the Blackhawks. **** will go down.
Exactly whos going down? I can't wait either.

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Agreed with the Downie statement.

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That is pretty cool. I can't imagine a black guy talking fluent russian to Khabibulin on the bench. It's just so uncommon.

Would he be eligeble to play for Ukraine in international tournaments? What about Nigeria?

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