Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Best 1-2 Punches in Blackhawks History
Quickly, they would become the center pieces of a Stanley Cup winner, and a duo that Hawks fans will identify with for a long time.
A team rich in history, the Blackhawks have had many skaters in Chicago that have been incredibly difficult on the opposition. When you have to deal with not one, but two realistic threats in the lineup, it can be a tall task.
This brief list highlights Blackhawks' players that provided offensive prowess. Some played together as linemates, some not, but each combo provided the teams' identity for a certain era.
Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita
What better combination in the history of the Hawks than these two. Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull are perhaps the two biggest icons in Chicago Blackhawks history.
Mikita and Hull dominated the NHL during the 60's and part of the early '70's.
They were critical pieces in the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship winning team. In that same decade Hull won the Hart Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy twice, and added a Lady Byng Trophy as well.
Mikita also won the Hart Trophy twice, added four Art Ross trophies, and the Lady Byng twice.
No two players dominated that period like Mikita and Hull. No two players were more exciting to watch.
Denis Savard and Steve Larmer
During the '80's Denis Savard and Steve Larmer were the toast of the Chicago Blackhawks. While the two did not bring home trophies together, these All-Stars electrified the Chicago Stadium crowd and were lethal on the attack.
The dazzling Savard was a tremendous skater and possessed incredible play-making ability.
Steve Larmer provided the ultimate compliment to Savy's game. He had a deadly shot and a quick release.
Larmer had four 40 goal seasons with Savard as his center and would take home rookie of the year honors in 1983.
Savard would have four 100 point seasons with Larmer and would ultimately see his jersey No. 18 hang from the rafters at the United Center.
Many Hawk fans believe that No. 28 should be the next one raised.
Bill Mosienko and Doug Bentley
During the late '40's and early '50's The Blackhawks' "Pony Line" was one of the more productive in the league. Two of those players Bill Mosienko and Doug Bentley provided the majority of the offense.
Though linemate Max Bentley was also a phenomenal player, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1947-48 season.
Doug Bentley and Mosienko would play 10 seasons together in the Indian Head sweater. Though the Stanley Cup eluded their grasp, they provided many memories to the Blackhawks' faithful.
Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios
Don't be surprised to see Chris Chelios paired with Jeremy Roenick one of the Hawks' best duos. Though Chelios was a defenseman, both he and Roenick were the faces of the Blackhawks during the majority of the 90's.
Don't think Cheli provided the offense? Twice he and Roenick finished first and second on the Hawks in scoring (1992-93, 1995-96).
In those same two seasons Chelios won the Norris Trophy and led the Hawks in scoring with 72 points in 1995-96.
Roenick would have two 50 goal seasons and three 100 point seasons in Chicago.
Both of these players will be inducted into the hall of fame in due time. Both will most likely enter as Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews
When these two diaper dandies jumped on board at the same time, it changed the fortunes of the franchise.
Jonathan Toews was Chicago's first pick (third overall) in the 2006 draft. After a second year at the University of North Dakota, he exploded on to the scene for the 2007-08 season. A year later was elected team captain. You know the story in his third season...a gold medal, a Conn Smythe, and the Stanley Cup.
Patrick Kane was the Blackhawks' and the NHL's first overall pick in 2007. He hopped straight into the league and quickly became a star. He will forever live in Blackhawks' history for his Stanley Cup winning goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.
What will the future hold for these two? Hopefully another Stanley Cup as early as this season.
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