Versteeg returns to Rockford to help develop youth

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) While the AHL continues to get younger, there is still plenty of room for NHL veterans like Kris Versteeg to provide some experience and give the fresh-faced skaters another source to learn, and that is exactly why the former Blackhawk is back in Rockford.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion signed with the IceHogs last week and will make his return to the AHL this fall 13 years after debuting with the Providence Bruins.

The 32-year-old spent last year overseas playing in only 30 games for clubs in Russia and Sweden.

Versteeg has traveled through seven different NHL cities over 11 seasons during his career, but says he does not have his eyes on Chicago after signing his latest deal.

"I talked to Mark [Bernard] about this and the main thing here is to try and help the young guys," said Versteeg. "That's first and foremost. That's why we did the deal and why me and Mark had talked about this and what I can do to help. Second, if at any point there's an opportunity and something arises, that's the road I'll cross if that comes, but that's definitely not on my sight line."