Chicago Blackhawks: Mark Cullen 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.

Our Chicago Blackhawks countdown hits 48 today and it’s a number only worn twice in franchise history for only 50 total games so there really isn’t much to talk about today, but we will still take a quick look at the two players in franchise history that have worn #48.

Mark Cullen 2006





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Cullen’s best NHL season was with Chicago in 2006, but left for the Detroit Red Wings in 2007 as a free agent. He played 38 career games in the NHL with 29 with the Blackhawks.

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David Koci 2007-2008





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As you can see there isn’t much to talk about with these two former #48’s so we will take a look back at our Top 100 countdown of the Greatest Chicago Blackhawks of All-time, and at #48 we had Steve Sullivan and this is what we had to say about the former Blackhawk and Nashville Predator last summer.

"Steve Sullivan-1999-2004Games-370Goals-118Assists-185+54Penalty Minutes-254Game Winning Goals-24PlayoffsGames-5Goals-1-1Penalty Minutes-2Steve Sullivan was not large in size, but he worked his butt off and it paid off in a very long NHL career having played over 1,000 games with his best season coming in Chicago during the Blackhawks dark ages, but he was part of the one team during that era to see the playoffs albeit 5 short games in 2002.Sullivan was a surprisingly good sniper with pretty good quickness with the toughness and moxie to play on the penalty kill. In his second season with the Blackhawks he led the NHL with 8 shorthanded goals a number that’s almost unheard of these days.Sullivan wasn’t a superstar but he could put pucks in the net while being an excellent two-way player which shouts loud and clear that his career +/- is a +54 while playing on some bad Blackhawks teams in the early 2000’s. Here is a very interesting story about Sullivan during his time in Chicago.Sullivan did win the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy while in Nashville after getting traded to the Predators in the summer of 2004.  Sullivan still ranks 37th in Blackhawks history in points scored and 9th all-time in short-handed goals."

We only have 48 days until banner raising!! How excited are you for opening night?

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