On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History Part II

By Keith Schultz

Keith Magnuson (Credit Via Gamewornauctions.com)

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On this date at the United Center in 2008 on the same night Pierre Pilote’s #3 number was retired, the Blackhawks also retired the #3 for Keith Magnuson as well. Magnuson played 11 seasons for the Blackhawks from 1969-1980 and then coached the Hawks from 1980-1982.

Like Pilote, Magnuson was also a team captain from 1976-1980, and like Pilote when he retired he was at the time the all-time Blackhawks leader in penalty minutes. Magnuson ended his Hawks career with 14 goals and 125 assists.

As with all Blackhawks before 1980 I didn’t get a chance to see and remember seeing them play, here is a link to a very good article about Keith Magnuson’s career and life.  On this date two great Hawks that wore #3 had their numbers retired and will only be seen from now on in the rafters of the United Center.

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