The Rockford IceHogs have signed a deal with their first ever Rockford youth hockey alum.

Defenseman Josh McArdle, 24, Roscoe native has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

McArdle started his hockey career through the "Learn to Skate" program with the Rockford Park District.

He then worked his way up in the Junior IceHogs program. Where he played for coaches Scott Burfoot, Tim Mattila, and Don Walker.

McArdle was an honor roll student at Hononegah High School. He has skated for the Madison Capitals and Team Illinois in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey Leauge. He also played two seasons with the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League.

For his time with the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Hockey League, McAdler was presented with the teams' Most Inspirational Player Award.

The  6-1, 194-lbs defenseman recently finished his senior season at Brown University, where he was team captain. He got two goals, four assists, and 28 penalty minutes. McAdler left Brown ranked in a tie for eighth all-time Browns defenseman in the 120 games he played.

The Roscoe native made his professional debut March 7th with the ECHL's Worcester railers. In the 10 games he played, McAdler got two assists.

The Rockford IceHogs' home opener is October 13th and tickets are on sale now.

How cool and excited that a local kid will be playing for the IceHogs this season, looking forward to seeing what he can do!