When Rocky Wirtz took over as Chairman of the Blackhawks in October of 2007, the front office was in the middle of a rebuilding process on the ice. The Hawks were working toward a return to relevance and were looking to two talented rookies, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, to help him them get there.
Meanwhile the rest of the organization was faced with an equally important and difficult task: repairing the relationship between the team, the fans, and the legends. After years of dissension, disputes, and disappointment, the new Hawk brass had to change the culture.
The first step toward a brighter future was putting home games back on television. The next was recognizing and respecting the past. So the Blackhawks brought back Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita, and named them team ambassadors along with Denis Savard.
Then came "Heritage Nights" designed to bring back some of the all-time greats to be honored with a ceremonial puck drop, a pre-game video, and a handful of in-game tributes.
Glenn Hall, Steve Larmer, the 1961 Stanley Cup squad, Tony Amonte, the late Bob Probert, Jeremy Roenick, the “MPH” line (Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull), and Chris Chelios have all returned to the Madhouse to be honored.
With the 2011-2012 season only months away, people are wondering who could be next. Here are six players that the Original Six franchise should honor with a Heritage Night.