Chicago Blackhawks: 70 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.

So here we are at 70 days until banner raising and at least this is the last day in the 70’s on our countdown to the 6th Stanley Cup Banner being raised at the United center.

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the middle of their summer vacation, and there hasn’t been a Chicago Blackhawks player to ever wear #70 so we are going to take a look at most games played in franchise history.

Most Games Played Regular Season

  1. Stan Mikita-1,394
  2. Bobby Hull-1,038
  3. Eric Nesterenko-1,013
  4. Bob Murray-1,008
  5. Doug Wilson-938
  6. Dennis Hull-904
  7. Steve Larmer-891
  8. Denis Savard-881
  9. Chico Maki-841
  10. Pierre Pilote-821

Playoffs Games Played

  1. Stan Mikita-155
  2. Denis Savard-131
  3. Jonathan Toews-117
  4. Niklas Hjalmarsson-117
  5. Patrick Sharp-117
  6. Patrick Kane-116
  7. Duncan Keith-116
  8. Bobby Hull-116
  9. Eric Nesterenko-115
  10. Chico Maki-113
  11. Brent Seabrook-112
  12. Bob Murray-112
  13. Steve Larmer-107
  14. Keith Brown-103
  15. Doug Jarrett-99
  16. Dennis Hull-97

More from All Time Blackhawks

Last year in our countdown to the Top 100 of the greatest Chicago Blackhawks we had Richard Preston at #70. Here’s what we had to say about the former Blackhawks star last summer.

"Richard Preston- 1979-1986Games-429Goals-96Assists-127Points-223-14Penalty Minutes-297Game Winning Goals-11PlayoffsGames-47Goals-4Assists-18Points-22Penalty Minutes-56Game Winning Goals-1Richard Preston broke in with the Hawks right before all the great 1980’s talent showed up which is why his greatest statistical season was his first in Chicago in the 79-80 season when he scored 31 times while playing on the RPM line with Grant Mulvey and Terry Ruskowski. Ruskowski and Preston worked on setting up Mulvey for his wicked one-timer and it worked like a charm in Preston’s first season in Chicago.The talent would arrive in Chicago with the likes of Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, and Al Secord so Preston had to adapt his game to a more defensive forward thinking which he also excelled at in the 80’s which made him valuable to the Blackhawks.  Preston though not a large player was very physical and able to win pucks in the corners and on the boards.Preston would be a part of the very good 80’s teams that just could never get out of their Conference due to the great Edmonton Oilers teams of the 80’s, but he played on quite a few playoff teams that made deep runs.Preston was able to adapt his game to whatever the Hawks needed and still ranks 55th all-time on the franchises all-time scoring list which lands him 70th on our Top 100 list of All-time great Blackhawks."

Only 70 days left!! Can’t wait!!

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