Throwback Thursday- Denis Savard

By Keith Schultz

Oct 8, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer

Denis Savard

is greeted by fans before the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks Career-(1980-1990, 1994-1997)



Game Winning Goals-47

Savard is one of the most exciting players ever to wear the Blackhawks jersey. He was the center for my favorite Blackhawks line that I ever watched play with Al Secord and Steve Larmer on his side.

Savard was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 3rd selection of the first round in 1980 and it didn’t take long for Savard to become a star for the Blackhawks.

Savard trademark was the spin-0-rama which was one of the most exciting plays back in the day which Patrick Kane used to perfection against the Dallas Stars this season.  Savard and the Blackhawks were very good in the 1980’s, but the Edmonton Oilers led by Wayne Gretzky were always just a little bit better.

Savard was exciting and one of Pat Foley’s favorites, which you listened to a lot back then when the Blackhawks home games weren’t televised thanks to Bill Wirtz.  Foley spin-0-rama and he scores were the best thing to listen to on the radio!

Savard was traded to the Montreal Canadians for future Hall of Famer Chris Chelios in 1990. Savard won his Cup with Montreal in 1993 before returning to Chicago to end his career in 1997.  Savard had his #18 retired by the Blackhawks in 1998 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Savard was named the head coach of the Blackhawks in 2006 and was the head coach until 4 games into the 2008-2009 season when he was replaced by Joel Quenneville.  Savard had a lot of influence in the early stages of future Blackhawks stars and Stanley Cup Champions Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews.

Savard is currently a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador, but I will always remember him by these moves!

What is your favorite memory of Denis Savard?

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