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.
Tomas Kopecky wore #82 in his two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, and during his time in Chicago he not only recorded his career high in points, he was part of the team of Chicago Blackhawks that ended the 49 year Stanley Cup drought!
In 2009 Kopecky signed as a free agent, and it took some time for him to fit into Joel Quenneville‘s roster. Like any newcomer it takes time to get into the lineup, but by the time the playoffs arrived Kopecky was a vital force no matter which line he was put on by Coach Q. Kopecky scored 4 times with 2 assists in the 2010 run to the Stanley Cup and ended up being history makers.
Kopecky did have the Game Winning Goal in Game #1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final and it looked like this.
In 2010-2011 after the salary cap purge, Kopecky wasn’t just a role player but had a larger role and came up with his best season of career scoring 15 times with 27 assists for a career high 42 points. Unfortunately for Kopecky he was injured during Game #1 of the playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks and just like that his career with the Chicago Blackhawks was over and he like most former Hawks was traded to Florida.
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"Last year we did our Top 100 countdown, and at #82 was another former 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Dustin Byfuglien! Here is what we had to say about Dustin 1 year ago.Dustin Byfuglien was a 2003 Blackhawks draftee (245th Overall)Regular Season StatsGames- 260Goals- 45Assists- 54Plus/Minus- -15Penalty Minutes- 268Game Winning Goals- 12Post Season StatsGames-39Goals-14Assists- 11Plus/Minus- -3Penalty Minutes- 46Game Winning Goals- 5Dustin Byfuglien really began to shine in the 2010 Stanley Cup run for the Blackhawks.That year, he had 11 goals and 5 assists including a couple of timely hat-tricks. The reasoning for that I believe is the fact that Joel Quenneville moved him from the blue line and placed him on the 1st line left wing.Byfuglien was shipped out to the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, after the 2010 Stanley Cup. He continues to be an integral piece of the rebuild in Winnipeg."
And just like that we are down to 82 days until Banner Raising!! Have fun at the Convention, because before you know it the season will be upon us once again!
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