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
Bob Pulford (1977-1985 coaching) (GM 77-90, 93-99, 03-05)
Blackhawks Coaching Record
Bob Pulford had a Hall of Fame career as a player winning the Stanley Cup four times with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He arrived in Chicago as the Blackhawks General Manager in 1977 and he had a long distinguished and frustrating NHL stay with the Blackhawks for the next 30 years.
Pulford was the master of putting himself on the bench when things were not going the way he wanted it to go for Chicago which explains his nearly 7 seasons as a coach while wearing the GM hat. He drafted and put together some great talent in Chicago with some of the most exciting Blackhawks teams offensively ever skating around the Chicago Stadium in the 80’s with Denis Savard and Steve Larmer lighting the lamp time after time.
Pulford of course couldn’t lead the Hawks as a coach where he ended up as a player as a Stanley Cup champion, and at the tail end of his career led them from a successful team with 28 straight seasons in making the playoffs to one of the worst era’s in Blackhawks history especially from 2002-2005. In 2005 Pulford finally stepped down for the last time as a Blackhawks GM and turned the reigns over to Dale Tallon who was able in 4 short years able to turn the franchise from worst to the Conference Finals in 2009.
Pulford was a winner from his playing days to coaching days to GM, but most Blackhawks fans will always associate Pulford with Bill Wirtz and when his name is brought up it will always leave a bad taste in their mouths. Pulford is 3rd all-time in Blackhawks wins as a coach and had a very successful run as a GM until his last stint which lands him #60 in our countdown.
What are your memories of Pulford? What do you think, too high, too low or shouldn’t have made our Top 100 countdown? Here is a video of his Stanley Cup OT winner.
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