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 all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.
Chico Maki- 1962-1976
Game Winning Goals-9
Game Winning Goals-3
Chico Maki was Ben Smith before Ben Smith was Ben Smith. Maki appeared in one game during the 1961 playoffs and his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup forever with the rest of the 61 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Maki’s rookie season would be the 1961-62 season and he would skate with all of the great Blackhawks of that generation all the way until the mid 70’s. Maki was an unselfish player that was more grinder that flash but a great teammate to have on your roster.
A great story about Maki comes from the season ending game in 1970. In the third period with the Hawks up 3 goals the Montreal Canadiens coach decided to pull his goalie to try to catch the New York Rangers for 4th place. The Hawks scored 5 empty net goals that period, with one being a puck Maki skated down the wing with and instead of scoring passed it to Bobby Hull for the goal. The next time down Hull trying to duplicated the assist gave the puck to Maki, but in Bobby Hull’s words (Maki being Maki) passed it right back to Hull for another goal.
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Maki’ ranks 9th in games played in Chicago Blackhawks history and ends up at #39 in our countdown for a long distinguished Blackhawks career complimenting some of the greatest Hawks to ever skate on Chicago Stadium ice.
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