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.
I know what you are thinking when you read the headline, could you get someone even more obscure than Dave Chyzowski for your jersey countdown to opening night and the 6th Stanley Cup banner being raised to the United Center rafters. The answer is probably not! There have only been two players in Chicago Blackhawks history to wear #54 and both of them barely wore the number during the Chicago Blackhawks dark ages.
Dave wore it first for a bit total of 8 games which would be his last in the NHL, he actually played for the New York Islanders for 118 games before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent.
Felsner’s only cup of coffee in the NHL was with the Chicago Blackhawks for those 12 games. He was a part of a lot of minor league hockey trades but never made it back up to the NHL after 1998.
Since #54 is a basically a barren wasteland for our countdown, let’s take a look back at our Top 100 countdown last summer and at #54 we had Max Bentley and this is what we had to say about the Chicago Blackhawks great last summer.
"Max Bentley- 1940-1948Games-235Goals-109Assists-147Points-256Penalty Minutes-32PlayoffsGames-11Goals-4Assists-3Max Bentley was the first Chicago Blackhawk to ever win the Hart Trophy as League MVP in 1946 for his 61 point season. He was believed to not be big enough for the NHL by the Boston Bruins and it was a gift for the Blackhawks.Max joined his brother Doug with the Hawks and the two were small yet dynamic goal scoring forwards and when they were joined by their brother Reg during World War II they combined for the only goal in NHL history to be scored and assisted by three siblings.Bill Mosienko joined the Blackhawks and the Bentley brothers to form the famed Pony line of quick and exciting line of small fast skaters that could score with the best of the NHL. Bentley won the scoring title twice with the Hawks, the Hart trophy, Lady Byng, and is part owner of the NHL record of scoring 4 goals in one period.Sadly, it came to an end in one of the first huge NHL blockbuster trades when Bentley was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 5 players which caused for the first debate on who won out on the deal. In the end it was probably Bentley because he was part of three Stanley Cup winning teams in Toronto while the Blackhawks struggled for most of the late 40’s and 50’s."
There you have it we are down to 54 days until opening night! Can’t wait!!
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