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 57 days until opening night and we have arrived at a bit of a surprise last season in Trevor van Riemsdyk. TVR was a surprise starter on opening night ahead of all of the prized young defenseman like Stephen Johns or Klas Dahlbeck.
TVR was a solid player in the opening month or so of the season anchoring the 3rd pairing with Michal Rozsival. TVR should a lot of poise for a young player, but before everyone could get too excited TVR suffered a major injury that would cost him the rest of the regular season. He was about to make a spring comeback before getting hurt in Rockford and it look as though his season was over.
The fates wouldn’t allow it, and TVR was able to get on the ice for 4 playoff games during the Stanley Cup Final and now after the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in 6 seasons. TVR will have his name on the Stanley Cup.
Looking forward to this upcoming year, the question isn’t if TVR will be on the ice but where will Joel Quenneville put TVR in the lineup especially after the departure of Johnny Oduya in the offseason.
TVR will either be a second or third pairing defenseman on opening night so I guess it doesn’t really matter where he plays because Coach Q has a lot of confidence in the young defensmen.
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There are two other players that have worn #57 in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history. The first one was Karl Stewart who wore the number for 37 games scored twice and had 3 assists in 2007.
The second one almost became a folk hero in the spring of 2011, and probably would have been if the Chicago Blackhawks could have completed the comeback down 0-3 to the Vancouver Canucks.Ben Smith
wore 57 before switching to 28 and he scored one huge overtime goal at the United Center in Game #6 to force a Game #7.
Smith did get his name on the Stanley Cup in 2013 when he was a late start for Marian Hossa in Game #3 of the Finals. He was traded away kind of shockingly at the trade deadline of 2015 missing out on another Cup but who he was traded for in Andrew Desjardins did a great job on the 4th line.
There you have it! 57 days left until opening night!