Our countdown finally comes to its completion with another Chicago Blackhawk retired number. #1 was retired on November 20, 1988 at Chicago Stadium when Glenn Hall’s career was honored. Hall played 10 seasons with the Blackhawks from 1957-1967 winning the 1961 Stanley Cup. Hall won the Vezina trophy 3 times with the Blackhawks for best goalie and he did it all without ever wearing a mask. Hall along with Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour hold all the Blackhawks goalie records and are part of a great goalie lineage.
1. Red Almas-1950-1951 Almas played in 1 game picking up one loss in net during his stay with the Hawks.
2. Glen Smith-1951 Smith dressed in 2 games without a point.
3. Harry Lumley-1951-1952 Lumley isn’t part of the great goalie lineage going 29-85-19 during his two seasons with the Blackhawks.
4. Al Rollins-1954-1957 Rollins appeared in 308 games going 81-171-56 during his five year stay with the Hawks.
5. Denis DeJordy-1962-1970 DeJordy replaced Hall and went a respectable 90-69-32 between the pipes
6. Gerry DesJardins 1971-1972 DesJardins went 17-8-5 during two seasons with the Hawks.
7. Gary Smith 1972-1974 Smith was the Hawks backstop for 51 contests for Chicago going 24-15-8
8. Mike Veisor 1974-1980 As a backup goalie for Tony Esposito Veisor went 20-24-15 in his few appearances.
9. Warren Skorodenski-1981-1987 Skorodenski was the last Blackhawk to wear #1 during his backup duties in net he went 12-11-4
That’s all she wrote! I hope you enjoyed our player countdown as we head to opening night. Tomorrow Stanley Cup banner #5 heads to the United Center rafters to become a neighbor to Glenn Hall’s #1!
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