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Blackhawks Top 100- #23 Pit Martin

By Keith Schultz
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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.

Pit Martin (1967-1978)

Games-740

Goals-243

Assists-384

Points-627

+156

Penalty Minutes-439

Game Winning Goals-34

Playoffs

Games-80

Goals-26

Assists-25

Points-51

Penalty Minutes-38

Game Winning goals-4

Pit Martin ranks 7th all-time in Blackhawks history in points and yet when you look back at history it will always be a what if with Martin.  The What if is What if Phil Esposito hadn’t been traded to the Boston Bruins for Pit Martin.

Martin was a speedy player for the Hawks for most of the 70’s and was part of the M.P.H. line with Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull for one of the best scoring lines in the NHL.  Martin could score but the key to the MPH line was that they were all unselfish and because of that type of teamwork they were hard to defend.

Martin scored over 20 goals 8 times in his career and over 30 twice.  Martin not only scored but played both ways and covered all 200 feet which is proven with his fourth best career +/- in Blackhawks franchise history at +156 trailing only Steve Larmer, Bill White and Keith Magnuson.

Martin’s best playoff season was 1973 which ended with the Hawks losing in 6 games to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final, but Martin would always state that winning the

Bill Masterton

trophy in 1970 was the most important trophy he ever won.

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Martin had a great career but it would never match Esposito’s and his two Stanley Cups and huge what if but he was a good player for a long time with the Blackhawks.

What do you think too low or too high for Martin in our countdown?

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