Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of a Chicago Blackhawks statue outside before game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks Top 100- #71 Kyle Calder

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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 all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.

Kyle Calder

Drafted- By Chicago in the 5th round of the 1997 draft 130th overall

Games-359

Goals-85

Assists-125

Points-210

-27

Penalty Minutes-184

Game Winning Goals-13

Playoffs

Games-5

Goals-2

+1

Penalty Minutes-10

Kyle Calder Blackhawks career stretches the entire Dark Age of Chicago Blackhawks hockey.  He was drafted in 1997 and sent to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006 in the middle of all of that he was on the one playoff team in the dark ages the 2001-2002 squad.

Calder was a Andrew Shaw type of player that wasn’t afraid to play against the boards, in front of the opponents net, and to be a complimentary player with bigger talent.  He basically broke in with two offensive stars on the Hawks top line with Alexei Zhamnov and Tony Amonte and he held his own by doing all the dirty work.

Calder became part of the ABC line with Tyler Arnason and Mark Bell in the early 2000’s which gave hope for the Blackhawks but it was just that hope and soon none of that youth became part of a Blackhawks turnaround.

Calder does rank 59th all-time in Blackhawks points and had a workman like career after leaving Chicago.  One thing that is telling when seeing pictures of him is how unatural 19 looks on him after seeing Jonathan Toews wear it for so long.

What are your memories of Calder?

kyle_calder_2006_01_29(picture courtesy of Spokeo.com)

kyle_calder_2006_01_29(picture courtesy of Spokeo.com)

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