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Blackhawks Top 100- #19 Pat Stapleton

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.

Pat Stapleton 1965-1973

Games-545

Goals-41

Assists-286

Points-327

Penalty Minutes-306

Playoffs

Games-65

Goals-10

Assists-39

Points-49

Penalty Minutes-38

Pat Stapleton was small (5’7″) but extremely quick and was one of the best defenseman of his era. Stapleton had extremely quick hands and was the master of the poke check to keep opponents at bay.

Stapleton found his best defensive partner when Bill White arrived and Billy Reay had one of the best shutdown defensive pairings in the NHL.  The Hawks could

Stapleton along with his quickness had a very good shot from the point and was a very good powerplay quarterback which is evidenced by his career 286 assists. Stapleton of course was part of the Blackhawks teams that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1971 and 1973 only to come up empty while getting so close to the ultimate prize.

Stapleton and White were part of the famous Summit Series win of 1972 against the Soviet Union and if you turn on NHL Network late at night you can usually catch a game or two of the series which was a great one especailly for that era.

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Stapleton went on to coach in the WHA were he was the first pro coach of a very young Wayne Gretzky.

Stapleton was a great defenseman for the Hawks and ends up at #19 in our countdown.  What do you think Too high or Too low for Stapleton?

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