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Blackhawks Top 100- #57 Phil Russell

philrussell (picture courtesy of blackhawkslegends.blogspot.com)

philrussell (picture courtesy of blackhawkslegends.blogspot.com)

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

Phil Russell (1973-1979)

Games-504

Goals-53

Assists-176

Points-229

Penalty Minutes-1,299

Game Winning Goals-5

Playoffs

Games-39

Goals-2

Assists-10

Penalty Minutes-132

Phil Russell was a true tough guy from the time the Blackhawks put him on the ice in 1972 and his physical force helped the Hawks to the 1973 Stanley Cup Final that ended up in a 6 game loss to the Montreal Candiens and this would be the closest Russell would ever get to the a Stanley Cup Championship.

Russell was a big player in his era that was a good skater which made him a rare combo of size and skill in the 70′s.  Russell could man the point on the power play although he wasn’t a huge scoring defenseman.

Russell still ranks 5th all-time in penalty minutes in Blackhawks history, but he wasn’t just a fighter he was a good solid defenseman.  Russell could have played in any era but was playing probably in the era that suited his skill set the best.

Russell would be part of the huge trade in 1979 that sent him, Ivan Boldirev and Darcy Rota to Atlanta for Tom Lysiak.  Russell would play 1,000 games in his career but his first 504 with the Hawks were the best of his career and why he lands at #57 in our Top 10o Countdown.

Do you have any memories of Russell? He was supposed to be as nice off the ice as he was mean on the ice!

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