We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks October 9th season opener against the Dallas Stars
We are almost to the half way point of our countdown and today we land on a number worn by players that have been fan favorites and players some wish were better on a nightly basis instead of brief moments.
Russell also wore #8 but since there are a ton of players that have worn 8 we will talk about him today. He played in 361 games and amassed 788 penalty minutes while only scoring 8 times with 19 assists so it’s safe to say he was a hit man. Here is Russell fighting with Bob Probert for a good long time
Dustin Byfuglien- 2006-2010
Game Winning Goals-12
Game Winning Goals-5
Byfuglien is remembered by some as a lazy player that didn’t give his all on a nightly basis, but for most he was a huge reason the Blackhawks were successful and eventually Stanley Cup Champions in 2010 and all you have to look at his 5 Game winning goals in the 2010 playoff run. Byfuglien wore 33 then but started with 52 as a young defenseman but ended up in Atlanta after the 2010 salary cap purge. Here is Byfuglien’s playoff hat trick
Radek Smolenak 2010
Yep, I don’t remember his one game in the NHL either!
Bollig played in 125 games with the Blackhawks and he picked up 14 points and 201 penalty minutes. Bollig’s game seemed to be improving during the early part of the 2013-2014 season, but it seemed to slip back to poor after he signed his three-year extension. Joel Quenneville is old school and likes to have an enforcer on the team so Stan Bowman shipped Bollig to the Calgary Flames in the offseason. Bollig was a favorite of many fans but his skill set didn’t fit with the Hawks game plan. Here is Bollig’s only playoff goal.
Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Faceoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on October 9th. We’re 52 days from the season opener. Is it October yet???
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