May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of a monument of Chicago Blackhawks veteranBobby Hull
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.
We are in single digits and down to the jersey number all Blackhawks fans old and new are familiar with in Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet is the all-time goal scoring leader in Blackhawks history and we would have all the Blackhawks offensive records if he hadn’t left for the WHA in the early 70’s because of dollar bills.
Bobby was a 10 time all-star, 2 time Hart trophy winner and 3 time Art Ross trophy winner. Hull was part of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship Blackhawks team and one of the most electrifying players of his generation. He could turn a game in the Blackhawks favor with one great rush down the ice.
Bobby Hull is the only Blackhawks player with over 600 career goals and only 1 of 3 with over 400 (Stan Mikita, Steve Larmer) and yet he basically left the Blackhawks family until Rocky invited him back as a Blackhawks ambassador after Rocky took over the organization.
Bobby wasn’t the first Blackhawks player to wear #9 so here’s a quick look at some of the players before Bobby Hull, but we all know that no one ever again will ever wear #9 again.
1. Roy Conacher 1947-1952 Conacher played in 264 games scoring 102 goals and 125 assists.
2. Pete Conacher-1953-1955 Pete Conacher played in 131 games with the Hawks scoring 26 goals and 20 assists.
3. Nick Mickoski-1954-1958 Mickoski appeared in 220 games with the Hawks scoring 49 goals and 64 assists.
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4. Tod Sloan-1959-1961 Sloan wore #9 196 times while he wore that sweater jersey he scored 58 goals and 78 assists
Only 9 days left until Opening Night!! Tomorrow it’s October!!!
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