Jan 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJamal Mayers
(22) passes the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Chicago defeated Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-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 ,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 #22 in our countdown that heads us to a player that had a huge hand in the Blackhawks last Stanley Cup. Mayers didn’t play a lot for the Blackhawks in 2013, but he was huge in the locker room and it ended with Mayers getting his first Stanley Cup in his final NHL season.
Mayers by all accounts was the reason the Blackhawks were able to come back from the 3-1 deficit they found themselves in during the 2nd round of the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings. Mayers rallied the troops and the comeback would be completed a week later on a Brent Seabrook OT winner.
There have been quite a few #22’s in Blackhawks history, but Mayers got his name on the Cup for his leadership.
1. Al Dewsbury-1951-1955 After the first 34 games of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, Dewsbury finished the rest of his 347 NHL game career with the Blackhawks totally 30 goals and 78 assists.
2. John Miszuk-1966 Miszuk played 5 games with the Hawks scoring 1 goal and 1 assist.
3. J.P. LeBlanc-1969 LeBlanc played 6 games with the Blackhawks picking up a goal and an assist before heading to the WHA.
4. Jim Wiste -1969-1970 Wiste appeared in 29 games collecting 8 assists before heading to Vancouver.
5. Jerry Korab-1971-1973 Korab started his 975 NHL Game Career with the Blackhawks, he dressed for 186 times for Chicago scoring 25 goals and 34 assists.
6. Grant Mulvey-1975-1983 Mulvey is the only Chicago Blackhawks to have a 5 goal night. Through a injury plagued career Mulvey scored 149 goals and 135 assists.
7. Gary Nyland-1987-1989 Nyland skated in 189 games for Chicago scoring 14 times with 37 assists.
8. Adam Creighton 1989-1992 Creighton appeared in 209 contests for the Blackhawks, He scored 77 goals and 84 assists while having his best season of his career in 1990 scoring 34 goals and 36 assists.
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9.Christian Ruuttu-1992-1995 Ruuttu skated in 158 contests for the Hawks scoring 28 goals and 63 assists. He played the last 25 games of his 601 game career with Vancouver after playing with Chicago.
10. Igor Korolev 2002-2004 Korolev played the final 120 games of his 795 NHL Game Career with the Blackhawks. He scored 7 goals and 15 assists with Chicago while finishing with 119 goals and 127 assists for his career.
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