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Blackhawks Top 100- #26 Johnny Gottselig

By Keith Schultz

We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing 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 as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.

Johnny Gottselig 1928-1945





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Johnny Gottselig was part of all three Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championships before the current Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane era.  Gottselig came to Chicago in 1928 and in 1934 would be a huge part of the first ever Stanley Cup Champions in Chicago.

In 1938 Gottselig led all playoff scorers as the Blackhawks won their second championship in the 30’s.  Gottselig was a nifty skater and puck handler that people feared coming down the wing for his skills with the puck.  Gottselig also was a solid penalty killer for the Hawks during his 18 year career.

Gottselig was the first Russian born NHL player having moved to Canada as a child and after his playing days were over he would become the Blackhawks coach from 1944-48 which were some lean years for the Blackhawks.

Gottselig would become Director of Public Relations which was the position he held in 1961 with the Blackhawks when Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and the rest of the team won the Stanley Cup in Detroit.

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Gottselig had a wonderful career with the Chicago Blackhawks franchise on and off the ice and he lands at #26 in our countdown of the Greatest Blackhawks of All-time.

What do you think? Too high or Too low for this Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawk?

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