May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of a monument of Chicago Blackhawks veteranStan Mikita
outside the United Center prior to game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-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.
Welcome to Stan Mikita days until Dallas! Everyone knows that Stan Mikita is Mr. Blackhawks having played the most games in wearing a Blackhawks jersey and collecting the most points while wearing a Blackhawks jersey.
Mikita won a Stanley Cup in 1961 and has a statue celebrating his career outside of the United Center. Mikita won Hart Trophies,Art Ross
Trophies and a Lady Byng which if you watched his early years would have been hard to imagine. The story is great about how Mikita came home from a road trip and he asked his child if he watched the game and the child told Mikita he only saw his Dad in the penalty box and that legendary exchange changed Mikita’s game from hot headed out of control to a model citizen on the ice.
A list of Mikita’s achievments is impressive
- 1961 Stanley Cup Champion
- 1967,1968 Hart Trophy Winner
- 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968 Art Ross Trophy Winner
- 1967, 1968 Lady Byng Winner
- 6 time First NHL All-Star
- #21 Retired on 10/19/80
- Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983
It’s hard to imagine any other players having worn #21 but there were a few with a couple of them being Blackhawks legends. Here is the short list of players that have worn #21.
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1. James Bedard 1951 Bedard played 21 games with the Blackhawks scoring 1 goal and 1 assist during his brief NHL career.
2. Kenny Wharram 1952-1954 Wharram also wore #11 and #17 during his Blackhawks career. Wharram played 766 games with the Blackhawks scoring 252 goals and 281 assists.
3. Fred Sasakamoose-1955 Fred played 11 games with the Hawks with 6 penalty minutes to show for his efforts.
4. Pierre Pilote-1957 Before switching to his retired #3, Pilote wore #21 for one season in 57.
5. John McKenzie-1959 McKenzie played 3 seasons and 128 games for the Blackhawks during his career he scored 20 goals and 23 assists.
No one will ever wear #21 again and this number represents that we are 3 weeks away from opening night!!!!
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