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Tuomo Ruutu Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

Tuomo Ruutu #15 Chicago Blackhawks (Picture Courtesy of

Mark McNeill is currently assigned #15 at Chicago Blackhawks training camp. McNeill will be spending this season in Rockford, but he has been proving to many that he will be playing in Chicago in the future whether its sooner or later could be decided in Rockford this season.

Former #15’s

1. Red Hamill-1942-1951 Hamill played in 360 games for Chicago scoring 112 games and 80 assists.

2. Harry Taylor-1952 Taylor scored 1 goal and 1 assist during his 15 game Blackhawks career.

3. Gerry Couture-1953-1954 Courture played in 110 games for Chicago picking up 25 goals and 23 assists.

4. John Sleaver-1954-1957 Sleaver entire 13 NHL game career was with the Hawks picking up 1 goal and 16 penalty minutes.

5. Eric Nesterenko-1957-1972 Nesterenko was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs for $40,000 to the Blackhawks. Nesterenko played 1,013 games for Chicago he scored 207 goals and 288 assists. In the 1961 Stanley Cup run Nesterenko scored 2 goals and 3 assists. Nesterenko was a 2-time All-star in 1961 and 1965.

6. Mark Lavarre-1985-1987 Lavarre was a 6th round pick by Chicago in 1983. Lavarre played 78 games in his NHL career all with the Hawks scoring 9 goals and 16 assists.

7. Brad Lauer-1991-1993 Lauer played in 13 games with one assists.

8. Jim Cummins-1994-1998 Cummins played in the NHL from 1991-2004 playing in 511 games. During his career he scored 24 goals and 36 assists.

9. Chad Kilger-1998-1999 Kilger appeared in 86 games for Chicago putting 17 pucks in the back of the net and adding 36 assists.

10. Blair Atcheynum-2000-2001 Atcheynum finished his career with the Hawks dressing in 63 games with 6 goals and 9 assists.

11. Gary Valk-2003 Valk finished in 777 game NHL career with 16 in Chicago, Valk picked up his final assist with the Blackhawks.

12. Tuomo Ruutu-2004-2008 Ruutu started his NHL career in the middle of the Blackhawks dark ages playing 228 games scoring 48 goals and 60 assists.  Ruutu was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Andrew Ladd.

13. Fernando Pisani-2011 Pisani played 60 games for the Hawks to finish off his 472 NHL game career. Pisani had 7 goals and 9 assists in 2011 for Chicago.

14. Andrew Brunette-2011-2012 Brunette was the veteran presence guy for the 2012 team, but there wasn’t much left in the tank in his final 78 games of his 1,110 game career. Brunette scored 12 goals and 15 assists in his last NHL season.

What is your favorite #15?

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