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 down to 58 days until the banner gets raised, and our countdown actually finds two players in franchise history that have worn #58. The stat sheet didn’t get burned up by either of these two players, but it helps in our countdown especially when one of them has had a pretty workman like career in the NHL since leaving the Chicago Blackhawks.
The biggest name on our countdown list is P.A. Parenteau who basically had a cup of coffee with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he did see his first NHL action wearing a Hawks jersey. In 5 games in 2007 Parenteau picked up an assist a -1 and 2 penalty minutes. He would be traded before the start of the 2007 season for the dreaded further considerations.
Parenteau has had some success in his other stops. His best career seasons where with the New York Islanders when he collected 53 and 64 points along the way. He was part of the surprise Colorado Avalanche team that won the Central Division in 2014 before getting upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Wild.
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Lastly he’s been in Montreal where he picked up this game winning goal late in the third period of Game #5 to push the Eastern Conference Semi’s to a Game #6 where the Tampa Lightning would finally extinguish the Canadiens for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The other Chicago Blackhawks player to have worn the #58 was Ivan Droppa who played in two different seasons for the Hawks, but he only managed to get on the ice 19 times and after that his NHL career was over.
Droppa career numbers are one assist in those 19 games a +4 with 12 penalty minutes for his work with the Chicago Blackhawks. After getting traded to the Florida Panthers Droppa was never seen again in an NHL arena.
Two players with the #58 but not much history so maybe one day a young player will pick the #58 and make it his own and build a Chicago Blackhawks legend out of the number instead of today when it’s just a pit stop on our countdown to opening night!
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