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Ed Olczyk Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

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Marcus Kruger is the current #16 for the Chicago Blackhawks.  Kruger has played two full seasons with the Blackhawks and last season he became a penalty kill specialist. Kruger has played in 125 games during his Blackhawks career scoring 13 goals and 26 assists.  Kruger more than likely will assume the 4th line center position when the seasons starts while maintaining his special teams ace spot on the penalty kill.

Former #16’s in Blackhawks history

1. Bep Guidolin-1948-1952 Guidolin played in 262 games with Chicago scoring 46 goals and 91 assists.

2. Dave Creighton-1955 Creighton played in 49 games with the Hawks scoring 7 goals and 7 assists before heading to the New York Rangers.

3. Johnny Wilson-1956-1957 Wilson appeared in 140 games picking up 42 goals and 39 assists.

4. Chico Maki-1963-1975 Maki played his entire 841 NHL game career with the Blackhawks scoring 143 goals and 292 assists during his 14 year career in Chicago.

5. Kirk Bowman 1976-1978 Bowman played in 88 games with Chicago scoring 11 goals and 17 assists.

6. Rich Preston 1980-1984 Preston appeared in 429 games scoring 96 goals and 127 assists.

7. Ed Olczyk-1985-1987 1999-2000 Olczyk was the 3rd pick of the 1984 NHL draft while started and ending his career with the Hawks. Olczyk was sent to Toronto early in his career with Al Secord for Steve Thomas and Bob McGill. Most new Blackhawks fans know Olczyk as one of the best NHL color analysts in the game today.

8. Michel Goulet-1990-1994 Goulet played in 1,089 NHL games and picked up his 500th career goal wearing a Blackhawks jersey. Goulet played his final 276 games in Chicago scoring 92 goals and 115 assists.

9. Kris King-2001 King played his last 13 games of an 849 NHL game career with the Blackhawks scoring 1 goal before retiring.

10. Matt Ellison-2003-2006 Ellison 3 goals and 10 assists during his two seasons with the Hawks before taking his talents to Philadelphia.

11. Radim Vrbata-2005-2007 Vrbata played two seasons with the Hawks before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes. During his stay with Chicago Vrbata scored 27 goals and 48 assists in 122 games.

12. Andrew Ladd-2007-2010 Ladd is the current Captain of the Winnipeg Jets, but Ladd was an important part of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. Ladd played in 184 games with the Hawks scoring 37 goals and 62 assists. During the 2010 playoffs, Ladd scored 2 goals and 3 assists.

Which #16 is your favorite of all-time? Only 16 days until banner raising!