Chicago Blackhawks: 89 Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.

It’s hard to believe we are already out of the 90’s in the countdown to the 6th Stanley Cup banner being raised in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.  The city of Chicago had one great #89, but he played for George Halas and the Chicago Bears.. Mike Ditka is a Chicago legend, but in the 80 plus seasons the Chicago Blackhawks have been around there hasn’t been a #89 worn by a Chicago Blackhawks player.

Since we don’t have a player to look at, let’s take a quick look at some Chicago Blackhawks season records.

Blackhawk Season Records

Wins- 52 (2009-2010)

Losses-51 (1953-1954)

Ties-23 (1973-1974)

Goals- 351 (1985-1986)

Goals Against (1981-1982)

Fewest Points-31 (1953-1954)

Fewest Wins-12 (1953-1954)

Fewest Losses-14 (1972-1973)

Most Penalty Minutes- 2663 (1991-1992)

Most Shutouts-15 (1969-1970)

Fewest Ties-6 (1989-1990)

During last summers To 100 countdown we had Goalie Denis Dejordy #89, here is what we had to say about the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion.

"Denis DeJordy Career Stats In Chicag0Regular SeasonGames-198Wins-90Losses-62Ties-32Goals Against-518Goals Against Average-2.75Shutouts-13PlayoffsGames-18Wins-6Losses-9GAA- 3.49Denis DeJordy arrived in Chicago during the 1961 season which of course was a great year to be a Blackhawk but he was also stuck behind Glenn Hall, the same Glenn Hall that played 502 complete games in net for the Chicago Blackhawks.  DeJordy first action in a game didn’t arrive until the fall of 1962 when Hall’s streak ended because of a back injury.DeJordy was Hall’s backup until Hall left the Hawks and DeJordy took on the goalie position full-time which he was succesful at with DeJordy sharing the Vezina Trophy with Hall after the 1967-68 season.  DeJordy’s career was squeezed between 2 Hall of Famers and 2 goalies whose numbers hang from the United Center with Tony Esposito arriving in Chicago and ending the DeJordy era.  DeJordy may have had a long career if there were more than the Original 6 teams in the day, but he still 10th all-time in Chicago Blackahwks wins as a goalie.DeJordy ranks 89th on our list with the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship on his resume."

It’s hard to believe how many great goalies have played for the Chicago Blackhawks, but the only one to win two Stanley Cups is on the roster now and he just doesn’t get enough credit most nights!

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