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.
We are currently 1 day away from another jersey number to discuss on our countdown, but for today we are at 73 days from the 6th Stanley Cup banner being raised in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.
One of the most exciting things to witness while watching an NHL game is a hat trick, and I’ve been priviledged to witness four hat tricks while watching Chicago Blackhawks games. Unfortunately, every hat trick I’ve watched has been by the Chicago Blackhawk opposition which is a bit frustrating. I’ve seen Steven Stamkos score two different hat tricks while watching the Hawks in Tampa Bay, and this past season I watched James Neal score on in October against the Hawks, while Filip Forsberg had a playoff hat trick in Game #5 of the Opening round of the playoffs.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have had their share of regular season and postseason hat tricks. Here is the leaderboard in franchise history.
- Bobby Hull-28
- Stan Mikita-16
- Denis Savard-11
- Steve Larmer-9
- Doug Bentley-8
- Jim Pappin-7
- Al Secord-6
- Jeremy Roenick-6
- Tony Amonte-6
- Eric Daze-6
- Grant Mulvey-5
- Bill Mosienko-5
- Max Bentley-5
- Pit Martin-5
- Kenny Wharram-5
- Steve Thomas-4
- Troy Murray-4
- Patrick Sharp-4
The playoff list isn’t as long, but it has sum impressive names and some surprising ones. Here is the playoff list.
- Denis Savard-4
- Patrick Kane-2
- Doug Bentley-2
- Bobby Hull-2
- Pit Martin-2
- Tony Amonte-1
- Jonathan Toews-1
- Jim Pappin-1
- Dustin Byfuglien-1
- Dirk Graham-1
- Brian Noonan-1
- Wayne Presley-1
- Gary Suter-1
- Dick Redmond-1
The most memorable hat tricks of course have been scored by #88 in series clinching games. I saw a tweet which playoff game was most memorable, and we are doing a daily countdown of every Chicago Blackhawks playoff victory in the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era. The thing is they are all too hard to rank, yet Patrick Kane’s two hat trick games stick out pretty far in my memory.
The first one was in a wild game against the Vancouver Canucks in a what ended up clinching the Chicago Blackhawks 1st Western Conference Finals appearance since 1995 and you get to see former GMDale Tallon
after the last goal.
The second one was even better because it punched the Chicago Blackhawks ticket to the Stanley Cup Final and eliminate the LA Kings with the same ticket. The double overtime winner was fantastic.
73 Days until the Chicago Blackhawks banner raising ceremony! Can’t wait!
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