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Blackhawks Top 100- #70 Richard Preston

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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

Richard Preston-1979-1986

Games-429

Goals-96

Assists-127

Points-223

-14

Penalty Minutes-297

Game Winning Goals-11

Playoffs

Games-47

Goals-4

Assists-18

Points-22

Penalty Minutes-56

Game Winning Goals-1

Richard Preston broke in with the Hawks right before all the great 1980’s talent showed up which is why his greatest statistical season was his first in Chicago in the 79-80 season when he scored 31 times while playing on the RPM line with Grant Mulvey and Terry Ruskowski. Ruskowski and Preston worked on setting up Mulvey for his wicked one-timer and it worked like a charm in Preston’s first season in Chicago.

The talent would arrive in Chicago with the likes of Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, and Al Secord so Preston had to adapt his game to a more defensive forward thinking which he also excelled at in the 80’s which made him valuable to the Blackhawks.  Preston though not a large player was very physical and able to win pucks in the corners and on the boards.

Preston would be a part of the very good 80’s teams that just could never get out of their Conference due to the great Edmonton Oilers teams of the 80’s, but he played on quite a few playoff teams that made deep runs.

Preston was able to adapt his game to whatever the Hawks needed and still ranks 55th all-time on the franchises all-time scoring list which lands him 70th on our Top 100 list of All-time great Blackahwks.

What is your memory of Preston?

What do you think? Too high, Too Low or Just right?

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