Oct 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the Stanley Cup banners prior to a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks Top 100- #100 Phil Esposito

 

We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Blackhawks.  It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.

Phil Esposito Career Blackhawks Statistics

Games-235

Goals-74

Assists-100

Points-174

Penalty Minutes- 135

Phil Esposito is the a classic tale of the reason there has been so much talk about untouchables and the reason for having a GM that understands youth and talent and thinking ahead. Granted Phil Esposito had four seasons to prove that he was going to be an incredible goal scorer and he was just a good scorer for the Hawks in the mid 60’s.  What Esposito did after leaving Chicago in the worst trade in Blackhawks history is just go on to be one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history.

Just imagine the unstoppable Esposito with Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita and how many more Stanley Cups they could have won instead of their only 1961 Cup that was before Esposito’s time and in the extreme youth of the Blackhawks legends.

Bobby Hull may have won scoring titles but Esposito won the Cups when he left for Boston winning two in his tenure with the Bruins.  Esposito wasn’t a superstar with the Blackhawks but his trade will forever haunt the Hawks fans from that era. If Phil had stayed his number would be hanging inside the United Center next Tony’s #35!

Phil Esposito is our #100 of all-time what do you think too low or too high or shouldn’t be in the countdown?

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