One of the most consistent sites in Chicago Stadium while watching the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1980’s was that on the blue line each night would be #24 Doug Wilson.
One of the coolest parts of watching Wilson was he was one of the few players in the NHL not wearing a helmet! Yes it probably wasn’t the safest things to do!
Being cool wasn’t the only reason Wilson gets in my top 10, because he was a extremely smooth and proficient scorer. Back in the days when every shot from the point on the power play wasn’t blocked, Wilson had a tremendous shot from the anywhere on the ice! In 14 seasons with the Blackhawks, Wilson only had one season with less than 10 goals and holds the Blackhawks defense man records for goals (225) assists (554) and points (779). Wilson also is 5th all-time in games played in Blackhawks history with 938.
Wilson is also one of four Blackhawk defenseman to be awarded with the Norris trophy joining Pierre Pilote, Chris Chelios, and Duncan Keith. Wilson trophy season was 1982 when he scored 39 goals and 46 assists for 85 points +22.
Wilson may have ranked higher if he wasn’t part of the San Jose extortion efforts after the 2010 Stanley Cup as GM of the Sharks he first offered Niklas Hjalmarsson a big contract that the Blackhawks matched which didn’t allow for the Hawks to match Antti Niemi’s contract offer from Wilson.
Those transgression are excused because while listening to Hawks broadcast it was awesome hearing Pat Foley exclaim Wilson shoots He scores!!! Wilson could score, defend, and look cool without a helmet is an equals #7 in my top 10!
Lets Go Hawks!