CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League announced that they have re-signed forward/defenseman David Koci, who played in the ECHL for the Wheeling Nailers each of his first two seasons.
The 6-foot-6 and 238-pound Koci had 88 penalty minutes in nine games for the Blackhawks in 2006-07, including 42 penalty minutes in his NHL debut at Phoenix on Mar. 10. He also played in the American Hockey League where he had one assist and 223 penalty minutes in 44 games for Norfolk.
Selected in the fifth round (146th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft,, the 26 year old played his rookie season in 2001-02 with the Nailers and had six points (2g-4a) and 105 penalty minutes in 33 games while also playing in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he had four points (1g-3a) and 98 penalty minutes in 26 games.
He returned to Wheeling in 2002-03 and had one assist and 103 penalty minutes in 48 games while also playing in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he had four penalty minutes in nine games.