Chicago Blackhawks: The Top 20 Blackhawks of All Time

Andy Campbell @@andycampbell16Correspondent INovember 2, 2011

Chicago Blackhawks: The Top 20 Blackhawks of All Time

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    To celebrate 85 years of Chicago Blackhawks Hockey, it only seems appropriate to take a look at the men that made it happen.

    In the team's history there have been many great players that have contributed and given their all for the Black and Red.

    This list is long and distinguished, but for our purposes, let's invite 20 to the party. This list acknowledges the contributions of Blackhawk greats and what they did for professional hockey in Chicago.  

    So let's break it down as well as take a sneak peak at who may be next in line to be considered one of the greatest Blackhawks of all time.

Troy Murray

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    Troy Murray in the top 20? There are many that could fill this spot, such as Dennis Hull, Al Secord, or Dirk Graham. 

    In defense of Murray, he played 11 seasons in Chicago and in 1985-86 registered 99 points. That same season he scored 45 goals and won the Selke Trophy.

    Murray was a timely goal scorer and a solid two-way player in Chicago. For those reasons, he cracks the top 20.

Harold "Mush" March

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    Harold "Mush" March was a member of the Blackhawks for 17 seasons, beginning in 1928-29 and ending in 1944-45. 

    Part of two Stanley Cup winning teams, March played big despite his 5'8", 140-pound frame. 

    You may not see incredible numbers when looking at his stat lines, but March was the Blackhawks premier offensive weapon in a time when scoring was at a minimum.

    A great individual and teammate, March embodied all a fan could hope hope for in a professional hockey player. 

Pit Martin

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    Pit Martin played eight seasons in the Indian Head sweater, from 1967-68 through 1974-73. 

    During that time the 'Hawks went to the Stanley Cup Finals twice in 1971 and 1973. Though undersized, Martin was very productive. He was a regular 20-plus goal scorer and in 1972-73 tallied 90 points.

Jim Pappin

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    Martin's linemate for many of those years was Jim Pappin. Pappin had 93 points in the 1972-73 season, 41 of which were goals.  

    For seven seasons Jim Pappin was a durable winger for the 'Hawks. He had a nose for the net and in four of his seven seasons with Chicago, tallied 30-plus goals four times. 

Tony Amonte

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    Tony Amonte was a fan favorite during some lean years in Chicago. His best season as a Blackhawk came in 1999-00 when he scored 43 goals and 84 points.

    Amonte spent eight years in Chicago and scored over 40 goals three times.

    Currently, Amonte is the head hockey coach at his alma mater, Thayer Academy. 

Bill Mosienko

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    Bill Mosienko was a member of the "Pony Line" during the '40s and '50s. Along with Max and Doug Bentley, this was one of the most productive lines in Blackhawks history.

    On March 23, 1952 Mosienko set a record that may never be eclipsed. Against the New York Rangers, Mosienko scored three goals in 21 seconds. The 'Hawks, who were down 6-2, would rally to win 7-6.

    Mosienko went on to have 13 terrific seasons in a Blackhawk uniform.

Doug Bentley

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    Chicago was home to both Max and Doug Bentley during the '40s and early '50s. Doug would spend 12 seasons in Chicago, registering two 30-plus goal seasons and two 70-plus point campaigns. 

    While that may not seem like much, posting those numbers in the 1940s was a big deal.

    Many forget about the Bentley brothers, but the two of them had some very fine years in Chicago.

Keith Magnuson

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    If Dick Butkus was a hockey player, he would have been this guy. Keith Magnuson was a rugged defenseman for 11 seasons in Chicago.

    Another Blackhawk who would not appear much on the score sheet, he was a terrific teammate, a solid defender and would drop gloves with anyone.

    Magnuson will forever be an example of team player. Revered by many Blackhawks, past and present, his jersey number hangs in the United Center.

Doug Wilson

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    Four 14 strong seasons, Doug Wilson was a staple on the Blackhawks' blue line. A great stick handler and puck mover, Wilson had an absolute cannon of a slap shot.

    In the 1981-82 season, Wilson recorded 85 points and went on to win the Norris Trophy. 

    Still in hockey as the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, Doug Wilson was the best defenseman the 'Hawks had in the '80s.

Ed Belfour

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    Ed Belfour backstopped the 'Hawks for much of the '90s. In the process, he won the Vezina Trophy twice and also won the Calder Trophy in the 1990-91 season.

    "Eddie the Eagle," and his butterfly style won the hearts of the Blackhawk faithful. Twice he won over 40 games and in the summer of 2011 was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Charlie Gardiner

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    Charlie Gardiner manned the crease and led the 'Hawks to their first Stanley Cup victory in 1934. For seven years he was in goal for the 'Hawks and won the Vezina Trophy in 1932 and 1934.

    The four time All-Star was 28 when the 'Hawks raised the Cup. Sadly, two months after his greatest triumph, Charlie Gardiner passed away of a brain hemorrhage.  

    He was elected to the Hockey hall of Fame in 1945.

Jeremy Roenick

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    Another Thayer Academy product, Roenick was young, fast, and would skate through a wall. The best years of Jeremy Roenick's career were in the Windy City. Twice he scored 50 goals and he had three seasons with 100 or more points.

    Now a member of the 500-goal club, JR has a place waiting for him in the Hall of Fame. Hate him or love him, he captivated Chicago hockey fans in the early '90s.

Chris Chelios

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    A native Chicagoan, Chis Chelios enjoyed his best years as a professional in a Blackhawk uniform.

    Twice Chelios would win the Norris Trophy in his nine seasons as a Blackhawk. Though he moved on to play for the hated Red Wings, Chelios was a big time player for the Red and Black.

    He finished his career with 1,651 games played in the NHL.

    Do the 'Hawks dare retire his jersey?

Steve Larmer

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    The 1983 Calder Trophy winner, Steve Larmer was a player for the ages. Who could forget the Secord, Savard, Larmer line of the early '80s?

    Steve Larmer scored over 1,000 points in the NHL. While with the Blackhawks, he had an 100-point season in 1990-91 and four 40-plus goal seasons. His shot lethal, he is easily one of the best 'Hawks of all time.  

Pierre Pilote

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    In the early '60s, Pierre Pilote was the premier defenseman in the NHL. For 13 seasons in Chicago, Pilote excelled at puck movement and keeping the puck out of his own zone.

    The captain of the 1961 Stanley Cup Champions, Pilote won three Norris trophies in three straight seasons. Not a flashy player, but solid to the core, his No. 3 was recently retired in Chicago.

Glen Hall

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    Glenn Hall holds an NHL record that is untouchable. With the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, he recorded 502 straight starts between the pipes.

    His best years were in the Windy City. Hall won three Vezina Trophies, a Calder and a Conn Smythe Trophy and was also the last line of defense in the 'Hawks 1961 Stanley Cup triumph.

    His No. 1 currently hangs from the rafters in the United Center.

Tony Esposito

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    Three Vezina Trophies and a record setting 15 shutouts in the 1969-70 season, Tony Esposito did it all in a Blackhawk uniform.  

    For 15 seasons, "Tony O" manned the crease in Chicago. Part of some great teams, Chicago did not have to worry much about goaltending for an entire decade because of Esposito.

    His number retired, the only thing to elude Esposito's grasp was the Stanley Cup. 

Denis Savard

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    Denis Savard was a human highlight reel for the 'Hawks in the '80s and part of the late '90s. His best season in Red and Black came in 1987-88, when he finished third in the NHL scoring race with 131 points.

    Savard would crack the 100-point barrier five times in his 13 seasons in Chicago. He finished his illustrious career with 1,338 points and a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Stan Mikita

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    A pioneer of his time, Stan Mikita was the first player to play with a curved blade. It all began in practice after breaking his blade in the bench door in anger. He then began firing pucks with his bent hook and the rest is history.

    Mikita was arguably the best center in the history of the club. Over 21 seasons in Chicago he registered 1,426 points, cementing his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He would win the scoring title four times, the Hart Trophy twice and would also double his money with the Lady Byng.

    No. 21 will never again be worn by a Blackhawk. 

Bobby Hull

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    Perhaps the best Blackhawk of all-time, there is no mistaking the "Golden Jet" Bobby Hull. 610 career goals, five seasons with 50 or more goals, two Hart Trophies, three Art Ross Trophies, and a Lady Byng; Hull did it all.  

    Hull had the most imposing slap shot of his era, and dominated the hockey landscape in the late '60s and early '70s. Radiant with charisma off the ice, Hull will forever be a Chicago sports icon.

The Next Ones

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    Patrick Kane - The man who scored the Cup winning goal in 2010 could easily go down as one of the best in the Windy City.

    Duncan Keith - With a Norris Trophy under his belt and many years left in Chicago, he could be added to a long list of great 'Hawk defenseman.

    Patrick Sharp - Perhaps a long shot, but he will be around and if he keeps posting 30-goal seasons, he could sneak in.

    Brent Seabrook - Durable, offensive and a solid checker, there is no reason to believe he cannot be in this category.

    Jonathan Toews - It's easy to foresee No. 19 in the rafters at the United Center.