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 ,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.
We are down to 24 days a number wore by one of the best defenseman in Blackhawks history, but the last player to wear #24 was able to hoist the first Stanley Cup in over 49 years in Blackhawks history. Nick Boynton didn’t have a long stay in Chicago but he was part of history. Here is a quick look at the #24’s in blackhawks history.
1. Rick Foley-1971 Foley only played 2 games with the Blackhawks picking up 1 assist during the action. He played 67 NHL games scoring 11 goals and 26 assists.
2. Walt Ledingham-1973 Ledingham only played 15 career NHL games with the first 9 in Chicago. He picked up 1 assist wearing #24 in Chicago.
3. Rob Palmer-1974-1976 Palmer laced up the skates 16 times over three different NHL seasons for the Blackhawks. Palmer picked up 3 assists during his short stay in Chicago.
4. Duane Wylie-1976-1977 Wylie wore #24 14 times for the Blackhawks and he scored 3 goals and 3 assists in his short NHL career.
5. Greg Vaydik-1977 Vaydik was a first round draft pick by the Hawks in 1975 (7th pick overall) and to say his career was a bust would be an understatement. His career NHL totals were 5 games with Chicago no points and a -5.
6. Ian McKegney-1977 McKegney saw action with the Blackhawks 5 times which was his entire NHL career and all he has to show for his efforts is a career -8.
-1978-1991 If Vaydik was a bust from the 1975 draft, Wilson was a fantastic pick in the 1977 first round by the Blackhawks. Wilson holds almost every Chicago Blackhawks offensive record. Wilson won the Norris Trophy for his sensational 1981-1982 season when he scored 39 goals and 46 assists. Wilson was always on the ice when I was a kid and was one of the cool guys withAl Secord
that never wore helmets. Wilson was part of the very good 1980′s Hawks teams and played all but the last 88 games of his 1,024 NHL game career with the Blackhawks. He finished with 237 goals and 590 assists. He currently is the GM for the San Jose Sharks.
-1996-2002 The late Bob Probert is the first high-profile NHL player to suffer from brain trauma from all his seasons of throwing punches in the NHL. Probert played the first half of his career with the Detroit Red Wings while finishing the last 7 years of his career with the Hawks. He played in 853 scoring 163 goals 221 assists and a mind-boggling 3,300 penalty minutes.
-2007-2009 Havlat has always been a good scorer which he came to Chicago to do, but he also has never played a full 82 game season healthy. Havlat helped bridge the Hawks from the dark ages to the stepping stones of their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. Havlat stay in Chicago lasted 172 games with 64 goals 97 assists.
10. Nick Boynton-2010-2011 Boynton was on the 2010 Stanley Cup team yet his stay with Chicago was only 48 games. Boynton scored 1 goals and 8.
Who is your favorite #24 in Blackhawks history? We are only 24 days away!!!
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