Eau Claire Native Dowell To Start Hockey Season in Rockford

Eau Claire native Jake Dowell split a good portion of his first full pro season between Rockford and Chicago. In 19 games with the Blackhawks, Dowell had two goals and two assists. The Eau Claire, Wis. native scored a goal in his NHL debut on Thanksgiving last fall in Calgary. A penalty kill specialist, Dowell had seven goals and 10 assists in 47 games with Rockford.