On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On January 7, 1987 the Chicago Blackhawks took on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Chicago Stadium and Al Secord put on a show in the first period. Al Secord had 6 career hat tricks with the Chicago Blackhawks including 2 four goal games and on this night 25 years ago he scored the fastest four goals in a game in team history when he potted four in 8:24 of game time.
Secord is my favorite player from my youth growing up watching the Blackhawks, I’m sure part of it is the fact that only Secord and Doug Wilson played without helmets on and to go along with that tough guy attitude was the fact that every night you never knew what to expect from #20. Secord could get into a fight or start the biggest hockey brawl you would ever see or on night’s like the one we are talking about he could put pucks into the back of the net.
Secord along with Denis Savard and Stan Mikita are the only Blackhawks to score 200 goals and collect over 1,000 penalty minutes in their Blackhawks career. Secord was larger than life and he played on a great line with Steve Larmer and Savard and they lit the lamp on a regular basis.
Secord stats for his Blackhawks career are as follows and remember that Patrick Kane is only 3 goals away from joining Secord and 19 other Blackhawks in the 200 goal scoring club in franchise history.
Penalty Minutes- 1,426
In the game rookie and Chicag0- area native Mark LaVarre tied a rookie record with 4 assists in a period. LaVarre would only play in 78 NHL games and only record 25 NHL points but at least on one night he was able to get his name in the record books in his only full NHL season.
The Blackhawks would defeat the Maple Leafs 6-4 which is a typical average score for a 1980’s hockey game, and on this date Secord did something that no other Hawks has done faster or quite frankly done in a while which is score four goals in a game.
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Do you remember this game? What are your memories of Al Secord and the 1980’s Blackhawks?
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