Hawks sign Notre Dame D Lavin

The Chicago Blackhawks signed Notre Dame defenseman Joe Lavin to a two-year contract, which begins at the start of next 2011-12 season.

After helping lead the Irish to the Frozen Four, the ND captain played with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and had an assist in his pro debut.

Lavin notched six goals and 11 assists as a Notre Dame senior.

He was originally a Hawks' fifth-round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft.