The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the six original teams. They have six Stanley Cups. The Blackhawks won in 1933-34, 1937-38, 1960-61, 2009-10, 2012-13, and 2014-15 seasons. They had many talented players and Hall of Famers that have been proud to wear the Blackhawk uniform. One of the uniforms that have minor changes since its existence is the Chicago uniform. They were founded in 1926. Their colors have always been black, red, and white. The logo on the front of the uniform is iconic to the hockey world. The Blackhawks have 16 division championships and two Presidents Trophies. At times they were one of the most feared teams in the NHL. In the mid-2000’s they were powerful and nearly unbeatable. Here are the four players that I would select for their Mount Rushmore.
Kane was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL draft. The Blackhawks chose to take him first overall in round one. He has played the right-wing position his entire career. Kane has played 973 games in his 13 years and also has 389 goals, 633 assists, and 1,022 points. Kane has a plus 69 rating. He has been part of three of the six Stanley Cups the Blackhawks have won. One that most remember is when he scored the game-winning goal that many did not know had gone in the net. When the puck went in the net he skated and started to celebrate. Lastly, Kane has won multiple individual awards including All-Stars, Calder, Hart, Ross, Conn Smythe trophies. I have a good feeling his 88 will hang in the rafters at the United Center.
Savard was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1970 NHL Draft. He suited up at the center position. Savard is known for seven years in Chicago. During that time, he played 413 games. Savard had 160 goals, 306 assists, and 466 points. He was known for his grit. Savard won a Stanley Cup but with the Montreal Canadians in 1993. Many will ask me why he belongs to Chicago Mount Rushmore. He belongs because he helped pave the way for the Hawks to be successful. In conclusion, the Blackhawks would not be the franchise that it is without Denis Savard being a part of it.
Hull highlights 15 years for the Chicago Blackhawks. First of all, he did not miss many games and played 1,036 games. In those games for the Blackhawks, he had 1,153 points with 604 goals and 549 assists. He won one Stanley Cup while in Chicago. Hull is a 12x All-Star, 2x Hart Winner, 3x Ross Winner, and won the Lady Byng trophy in 1964-65 season. He started his career with the Blackhawks in 1957. The best season he had in Chicago was in 1968-69 he played 74 games had 58 goals and 49 assists. Hull belongs on their Mount Rushmore.
Mikita stands out because all 22 years of his career are with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was on the team with Bobby Hull when the Cup came to Chicago in 1961. Mikita was an 8x All-Star, 2x Byng, 2x hart, and 4x Ross Trophy winner. He played 1,396 games with 1,467 points. Mikita had 541 goals and 926 assists. He played right wing or center for the Blackhawks. Mikita was part of some of the stronger Chicago teams. He was also a fan favorite. Mikita was featured in both Wayne’s World movies. He is in the NHL Hall of Fame like Bobby Hull.
Many great players have played for the Chicago Blackhawks. They have Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. This franchise is one of the best that have played hockey. Patrick Kane, Denis Savard, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita are all great players. They have all helped the Blackhawks to success in the past and moving into the future. I believe the Blackhawks would not be the same franchise without these four gentlemen. Like all teams, we all have to sit back and see what the future holds.
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