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Blackhawks Top 100: #54 Max Bentley

Pony Line

 

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.

Max Bentley- 1940-1948

Games-235

Goals-109

Assists-147

Points-256

Penalty Minutes-32

Playoffs

Games-11

Goals-4

Assists-3

Max Bentley was the first Chicago Blackhawk to ever win the Hart Trophy as League MVP in 1946 for his 61 point season.  He was believed to not be big enough for the NHL by the Boston Bruins and it was a gift for the Blackhawks.

Max joined his brother Doug with the Hawks and the two were small yet dynamic goal scoring forwards and when they were joined by their brother Reg during World War II they combined for the only goal in NHL history to be scored and assisted by three siblings.

Bill Mosienko joined the Blackhawks and the Bentley brothers to form the famed Pony line of quick and exciting line of small fast skaters that could score with the best of the NHL. Bentley won the scoring title twice with the Hawks, the Hart trophy, Lady Byng, and is part owner of the NHL record of scoring 4 goals in one period.

Sadly, it came to an end in one of the first huge NHL blockbuster trades when Bentley was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 5 players which caused for the first debate on who won out on the deal.  In the end it was probably Bentley because he was part of three Stanley Cup winning teams in Toronto while the Blackhawks struggled for most of the late 40′s and 50′s.

Bentley is a great Hawks but his greatest years were in Toronto so he lands here at #54 of the greatest Blackhawks of all-time!

What do you think? Too high or Too low for Max Bentley?Max Bentley (Picture Courtesy of Hockeynowandthen.com)

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