Chicago Blackhawks: 83 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.

When I see 83 and Chicago, I actually think of the 1983 Chicago White Sox, Lamarr Hoyt and winning ugly!  Yes, I’m a Chicago Cubs fan, but this year was the first time I witnessed playoff baseball and of course my parents were huge Chicago White Sox fans so they were pretty excited.  Of course, we know the outcome was disappointing as Cal Ripkin Jr. and Eddie Murray had their way with the White Sox pitching and it was over before it began.

Now, we are at 83 in our countdown to banner raising at the United Center, and the Chicago Blackhawks roster will totally look different than it did when they skated off the ice with their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 seasons. At 83 we are at a day without a player to ever wear the jersey number which isn’t surprising but it makes us take another path for a countdown today. So today we look at the Top 10 Assist makers in team history, and the active all-time assist leaders.

Blackhawks All-Time Assists Leaders

  1. Stan Mikita-925
  2. Denis Savard-719
  3. Doug Wilson-554
  4. Bobby Hull– 549
  5. Steve Larmer-517
  6. Pierre Pilote-400
  7. Chris Chelios-395
  8. Pit Martin-384
  9. Bob Murray-382
  10. Patrick Kane-352

Blackhawks Assists Leaders Active

  1. Patrick Kane-352
  2. Duncan Keith-340
  3. Jonathan Toews-283
  4. Patrick Sharp-272
  5. Brent Seabrook-247
  6. Marian Hossa-190
  7. Brian Campbell-98
  8. Dave Bolland-98
  9. Martin Havlat-97
  10. Kris Versteeg-96
  11. Niklas Hjalmarsson-85

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When we made our Top 100 list last year, we made Brian Noonan out 83rd greatest Chicago Blackhawk.  Here is what we said a year ago about the former Chicago Blackhawk.

"Brian Noonan was a 1983 Blackhawks draftee (179th Overall)Games-329Goals-63Assists-85-16Penalty Minutes-300Game Winning Goals-8Games-26Goals-9Assists-9-3Penalty Minutes-77Game Winning Goals-2There were times during his career that Brian Noonan played like a 9th round draft pick which meant there were some dark days in his career with the Blackhawks, but there were times when Noonan played some really good hockey and most of those times were usually when he was being coached by Mike Keenan.Noonan’s career season came in the Blackhawks Stanley Cup season of 1992.  He had his best regular season and by far his greatest postseason, and although he had his struggles with the Hawks including getting sent down to the minors for a short time it’s his strong 1992 season and postseason gets him on this list and countdown. Noonan was part of the special 92 team that was led by Dirk Graham and Jeremy Roenick and Noonan was a perfect fit in the Keenan system.Noonan did get a Stanley Cup with his old coach Mike Keenan and Steve Larmer in New York with the Rangers in 1994 to end their 40 year old streak."

There you have it, We are down to 83 days until Banner raising or 1 night until the Chicago Blackhawks convention!

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