Chicago Blackhawks: 78 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.

I can’t say this enough, summertime is really boring if you’re a Chicago Blackhawks fan and we are in the middle of it now.  All you have to watch right now is baseball (which is a lot better than previous years if you like the Cubs) golf, and tennis so one big fat yawn.

Our countdown doesn’t include a current or former player that has ever worn #78 which makes this day a real snoozer!  To spice things up a bit we decided to take a look back at some of the fighters that collected a lot of penalty minutes back in the day! So for today here is the All-time list of Chicago Blackhawks penalty minutes.

Regular Season Penalty Minutes

  1. Chris Chelios-1,495
  2. Keith Magnuson-1,442
  3. Al Secord-1,426
  4. Dave Manson-1,332
  5. Phil Russell-1,288
  6. Stan Mikita-1,270
  7. Bob Probert-1,210
  8. Pierre Pilote-1,205
  9. Eric Nesterenko-1,012
  10. Denis Savard– 1,005

Playoff Penalty Minutes

  1. Al Secord-266
  2. Denis Savard-209
  3. Dave Manson– 203
  4. Keith Brown-184
  5. Stan Mikita-169
  6. Keith Magnuson-164
  7. Chris Chelios-133
  8. Phil Russell-132
  9. Adam Creighton-113
  10. Troy Murray-112

You really can tell how much the game has changed when no current Chicago Blackhawks are even close to finding their names on theses lists.  It’s all about puck possession and scoring goals and not defending your turf!

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In our countdown of the Top 100 Chicago Blackhawks of all-time last summer we had Brian Campbell at #78 and here’s what we had to say about a player that was a part of that special 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship team.

"Brian Campbell Blackhawks Career StatsGames-215Goals-19Assists-98Points-117+51Penalty Minutes-46Game Winning Goals-4PlayoffsGames-43Goals-4Assists-14+13Penalty Minutes-8Brian Campbell was the major free agent defenseman piece that Dale Tallon added to get the Chicago Blackhawks back into the playoffs after a long dry spell in 2008.  His cap hit was way too big but of course that’s how Tallon rolls and one of the reasons Stan Bowman runs the ship now.Campbell was probably the best Blackhawks defenseman during his stay with the Hawks with apologies to the 2010 Norris year of Duncan Keith.  In the 2010 playoffs nobody seemed to score a goal with Campbell on the ice for the Blackhawks.  I know in this day and age that +/- is taboo but if you look at Campbell’s career numbers the only time he’s been a + was with the Hawks.  He is a +16 for his career but was a +51 in Chicago.Campbell was part of the Renaissance that ended with Patrick Kane‘s goal that nobody saw go in but was so beautiful to see time after time on replay, it also included Campbell getting the primary assist on the Stanley Cup clinching goal.Dale Tallon traded again for Campbell when he left for the Florida Panthers and the Blackhawks had some salary cap relief.  The one thing most fans do forget about Campbell was how good he was on the powerplay and that it took the Hawks nearly 3 years to get back into the top 15 in powerplay percent after Campbell’s departure.  Either way it’s not impossible that the Hawks could have won in 2010 without Campbell, but it would have been a whole lot harder."

We are now down to 78 days until the 6th Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup banner heads the United Center rafters!!

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