Chicago Blackhawks Steve Larmer (Photo Courtesy of icehockey.wikia.com)
Chicago Blackhawks Career – 1980 – 1993
Games – 891
Goals – 406
Assists – 517
+/- – 1426
1982-83 NHL Calder Memorial Trophy
Played in NHL All-Star Game 1990 & 1991
It is that time of the week again where we spotlight a throwback player from the Chicago Blackhawks past. This week’s selection for Throwback Thursday is Blackhawks great Steve Larmer. I hope this may bring back some of those special memories of his playing time with the Chicago Blackhawks and if not maybe it will shed some light on a player you may not have known much about.
Steve Larmer was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 6th round (120th overall) during the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Steve Larmer’s first full-time season with the Chicago Blackhawks came during the 1982-83 campaign. Previously during the 1981-82 season he had been called up from the AHL’s New Brunswick Hawks for several games but was sent back down for more development. Instead of riding the bench as a rookie in the NHL he was able to absorb valuable minutes playing for Orval Tessier crafting his game and gaining the confidence of the coach. It was during the 1982-83 season when the Chicago Blackhawks promoted Orval Tessier to the NHL and he brought along a more mature hockey player, Steve Larmer to the NHL.
Steve Larmer’s play during his rookie campaign earned him a spot on the top line alongside Al Secord and Denis Savard. He was able to click with the other two nicely and all three players combined together putting up great numbers. Steve Larmer contributed with 43 goals and 90 points which ultimately earned him the Calder Trophy that year and a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team.