Mar 24, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; San Jose Sharks right wingMartin Havlat
(9) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.
Martin Havlat Blackhawks Stats
Game Winning Goals-8
Game Winning Goals-1
Havlat is one of the bridges from the dark ages of the Blackhawks history to the new Golden era of Championships. Havlat’s time with the Blackhawks can be described in two words Disappointing and Injured. Havlat was a fantastic offensive player, but while in Chicago he just could not kick the injury bug which included a 35 games played season in 2007-2008. Havlat did become healthy and played great during the Hawks first postseason run in the spring of 2009 with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the young Blackhawks core.
Havlat’s best playoff game with the Hawks was against the Calgary Flames in the opening round of the 2009 playoffs which included this overtime winner
Havlat wasn’t re-signed after the 2009 season and ripped the Blackhawks on Twitter and in the media, but of course found a lot of money in Minnesota. Havlat’s potential as a point a game player during his stay is what made his continual trips to the injury list so annoying when you look back to that era, but you can’t get too upset because it was the beginning of the end of bad hockey in Chicago and the Championships were soon to follow.
What do you remember most of the Havlat era? What do you think too low, too high or shouldn’t make our Top 100 list?
For more Blackhawks updates and conversation follow us on Twitter @Blackhawk_Up or Like our Facebook page at Blackhawkup.