Sep 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJoakim Nordstrom
(42) receives congratulations from defensemanDylan Olsen
(34) after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. The calendar has turned into September as we look at jersey numbers from past and present as we count down the days until October 9th and opening night against the Dallas Stars.
Like a lot of numbers in the 30’s and 40’s #34 has been worn by quite a few players with little to no success or staying power in Chicago. No current Blackhawk wears the #34 so here is a quick history of the number throughout franchise history.
1. Tony Poeta-1952 Poeta played in one NHL game without recording a point.
2. Bill Gardner-1981-1987 Gardner also wore #14. The Blackhawks 3rd round pick in 1979 played in 355 games with the Hawks scoring 72 goals and 108 assists.
3. Perry Pelensky-1984 Pelensky played in 4 games without a point.
4. Victor Posa-1986 Posa played in two contests wearing #34 with hitting the scoresheet.
-1992-1994-Horacek played in 41 games with the Hawks picking up a goal and 5 assists before exiting the NHL forever.
6. Ryan VandenBussche-1998-2004 VandenBusshe wore a bunch of numbers for the Hawks but it started with #34, His totals in Chicago were 279 games with 7 goals and 11 assists.
7. Blair Atcheynum-2000 63 games with the Hawks picking up 6 goals and 9 assists.
8. Jason Strudwick 2002-2004 Strudwick played 102 games with Chicago scoring 3 goals and 6 assists. Strudwick played 642 NHL games picking up 13 goals 42 assists.
9. Jim Dowd-2006 Chicago was just a 60 game pit stop in a 728 game NHL career. Dowd picked up 3 goals and 12 assists in a Blackhawks jersey.
10. Reed Low-2007 Low played his last 6 games of his 256 NHL game career with the Hawks without a point.
11. Nikita Alexeev-2007 15 games with the Hawks with 2 goals and no assists.
12. Petri Kontiola-2008 Kontiola played in 12 games in the NHL all with the Blackhawks picking up 5 career assists!
13. FinallyDylan Olsen
2012-2013. Olsen somehow was on the team in the 2012 playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes. He spent most of 2013 in Rockford and then he was traded to the Florida Panthers this past season withJimmy Hayes
. No matter what the spin, this trade is the reason that Kevin Hayes is now a New York Ranger instead of a Rockford Ice Hog in my opinion.
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Do you have a favorite #34?
Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Faceoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on October 9th. We’re 34 days from the season opener. Is it October yet???
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