On This Date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On November 14, 1982 at Chicago Stadium Steve Larmer and the Chicago Blackhawks played the Minnesota North Stars in an early season Norris Division matchup and the Blackhawks skated away with a 5-4 victory.
The date is significant because the Blackhawks rookie Larmer collected his first career hat trick in the victory. The 1982-83 season was Larmer’s first full season in the NHL and to say he was a breakout star is an understatement with Larmer finishing the season with 43 goals and 47 assists and in the end winning the Calder trophy as the top rookie in the NHL.
Larmer would go on to collect 9 hat tricks in his Blackhawks career which is fourth all-time in Blackhawks franchise history trailing only Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Denis Savard which leads to the notion I’ve made plenty of times on our Blackhawk_up twitter account which is it’s time to retire #28!!
Larmer should be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with enshrinement and he should be honored by the Blackhawks by retiring #28 to the United Center rafters!! Larmer is in the Top 5 in all franchise offensive ranks including the #1 ranking in game winning goals, powerplay goals, +/- ratio, and in the end he should be honored by both organizations.
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On this date the Blackhawks legend scored his first hat trick at the beginning of his great career!
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Chicago Blackhawks Steve Larmer (Photo Courtesy of icehockey.wikia.com)