June 13, 2013

The Greatest Players In Chicago Blackhawks History


If you were going to make an all time Chicago Blackhawks all star team, who would you include? Here's my take:

Goaltenders:

Tony Esposito"Tony-O" led the Hawks to the playoffs in all 15 of his seasons, with a 418-302-148 record and 2.92 goals-against average. He won three Vezina Trophies and was named to five NHL All Star Teams.

Glenn Hall - "Mr. Goalie," a two time Vezina Trophy winner, led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup championship in 1961. During his 618 games with the Hawks he set an NHL record by appearing in 502 consecutive games. He went 275-229-106 with a 2.62 GAA in his 10 seasons with the Blackhawks

Charlie Gardiner - A two time Vezina trophy winner and four-time NHL All Star, "The Roving Scotsman" was arguably the best goalie of his era. In 1934 he backstopped Chicago to their very first Stanley Cup championship, becoming the only goalie to captain a Stanley Cup championship NHL team.

Defensemen:

Chris Chelios - Hometown hero won two Norris trophies in his nine seasons with the Blackhawks.

Pierre Pilote - A winner of three consecutive Norris Trophies in 1963, 1964 and 1965, Pilote was the last dominant defenseman in the NHL before Bobby Orr revolutionized the position.

Earl Seibert - A NHL All Star defender in each of his nine seasons in Chicago, this Hockey Hall of Famer from the 1930s and 1940s is long forgotten.

Doug Wilson - Set team records for dmen with 225 career goals and 554 assists for 779 points, including 39 goals and 85 points in the 1981-82 season. That year he won the Norris Trophy.

Duncan Keith - Chicago's current top dman won the Norris Trophy and NHL First All Star Team status while leading the Hawks to the Stanley Cup.

Keith Magnuson - Perhaps the most feared Blackhawk of all time, "Maggie" was the heart and soul of the Hawks in his 11 seasons. He only scored 14 times in Chicago, but he was admired every shift.

Center

Stan Mikitathe Blackhawks all-time leader in games played (1,394), assists (926), and points (1,467), and  second in goals (541). He won the Art Ross as the NHL's leading scorer four times, and the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice. Once won of the league's dirties players, he reformed his game and took home the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship twice.

Denis Savard - One of the most electrifying players in NHL history, Savard stands 3rd all time in Hawks all time scoring. He scored 377 goals and 719 assists over 12 seasons.

Jonathan Toews - Captain Serious is one of the top players in the NHL currently. He was named as the Stanley Cup MVP when the Hawks won in 2010.

Jeremy Roenick - Another fan favorite thanks to his rambunctious play, "JR" scored 267 goals and 329 assists in 524 games with the Hawks. 

Left Wing 

Bobby Hull - The Golden Jet is hailed by many as the greatest player in the long history of the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the NHL in goal scoring seven times and in points three times. He was the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a season, something he did an unprecedented (at that time) four times. He won the Hart Trophy twice and the Stanley Cup in 1961.

Doug Bentley - Four time NHL All Star led the NHL in goals twice and points one. Teamed together with brother Max and Bill Mosienko on the Pony Line back in the 1940s,

Al Secord - Tough guy turned goal scorer, Secord scored 213 goals, 159 assists, and 1,426 penalty minutes in 466 games with the Hawks. In 1982-83 he became just the second Hawk to score 50 goals in a season. The year before he had 44 while accumulating over 300 PIMs.

Dennis Hull - Bobby's little brother was a pretty good player himself. Hull scored 298 goals and 640 points in 904 games with the Hawks.

Right Wing

Bill Mosienko - Hockey Hall of Famer is best known for scoring hockey's fastest hat trick - 3 goals in 21 seconds. Two time NHL All Star still ranks in top ten of all time Hawks scorers.

Steve Larmer - Complete player tallied 406 goals, 517 assists and 923 points in 891 games with the Hawks. That ranks him 4th all time.

Patrick Kane - Chicago's current goal scoring hero may be the most skilled stickhandler in the league today. He is both entertaining and clutch.

Harold "Mush" March - Overtime scoring hero led the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in 1934 and again in 1938. Long time Hawk played in Chicago from 1928 through 1945.

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