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Chicago Blackhawks: 74 Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz
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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.

The Chicago Blackhawks are now 74 days away from banner raising and again we are a couple days away from running into a jersey number on our countdown.

Some of the best plays in a hockey game and the ones with the biggest momentum changers is a short-handed goal.

Jonathan Toews

scored a game winning short handed goal against the Predators in overtime during the regular season on a breakaway let’s take a quick look. .

Since, their has never been a #74 ever worn in Chicago Blackhawks history, we will take a look at the all-time Chicago Blackhawks list of one of the most momentum changing plays in hockey.  Here is the shorthanded leaderboard for those that have worn Chicago Blackhawks jersey.

  1. Dirk Graham-26
  2. Tony Amonte-20
  3. Steve Larmer-19
  4. Jeremy Roenick-19
  5. Troy Murray-17
  6. Patrick Sharp-16
  7. Denis Savard-15
  8. Rick Paterson-14
  9. Marian Hossa-14
  10. Steve Sullivan-13

Post Season Short Handed Goals

  1. Wayne Presley-4
  2. Jonathan Toews-3
  3. Dave Bolland-3
  4. Rick Paterson-3
  5. Denis Savard-2
  6. Steve Larmer-2
  7. Doug Wilson-2
  8. Tony Amonte-2
  9. Adam Creighton-2

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Last year we did out countdown of the Top 100 Chicago Blackhawks of all-time and at #74 we had a 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Moose Vasko.  Here is what we had to say about Moose last summer.

"Moose Vasko Chicago Blackhawks career 1956-1966Games-641Goals-32Assists-153Points-185PlayoffsGames-64Goals-2Assists-5Stanley Cup-1Elmer Vasko got his nickname from the Chicago Stadium crowd that chanted Moose when he took the ice for his enormous size for a player in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  Moose Vasko was 6 foot 2 inches and he towered over most players of his day kind of like Zdeno Chara does today.  Vasko teamed up with Blackhawks legend Pierre Piloteas one of the best defenseman tandems of the day.The highlight of Vasko career of course came during the 1961 season when he along with the very youthful Chicago Blackhawks team won the 1961 Stanley Cup.  Vasko played in the other dark age of Blackhawks hockey in the late 50’s so helping the team turn from losers to Champions will always be his biggest achievement.Vasko was a big stay at home defenseman and used his size to his advantage even if he wasn’t overly physical.  Vasko also was part of the original Minnesota North Stars team in 1967.  Vasko and the other young Hawks biggest disappointment was only winning the Cup once, but he will always be a Champion with one of the best nicknames in franchise history.Vasko doesn’t have All-time stats, but he was a very good player on the 1961 Stanley Cup team, played a decade of hockey in Chicago, and lands at #74 on our All-Time List."

There you have it! We are down to 74 days until that 6th Stanley Cup Banner gets raised to the United Center rafters!

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