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 just 45 days until opening night and the 6th Stanley Cup Banner being raised at the United Center in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history, and we run into a number I’ve always thought would be popular but really it hasn’t been worn very much in Blackhawks team history.
No current Chicago Blackhawk is wearing the #45 so we will take a pretty short stroll down memory lane at the former players that have worn #45 beginning with the first in Karl Dykhuis.
Dykhuis played 644 NHL games in his NHL career with most of them being with the Montreal Canadiens, but his career started with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 1992. He played in only 18 games as a Chicago Blackhawk over two seasons picking up a goal and 8 assists during his brief stint.
Dykhuis was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers (which the Blackhawks had very good success trading with in the past see Patrick Sharp) for a couple of draft picks with one of them turning out to be a pretty good player in Kyle Calder.
Dykhuis would play in 62 playoff games between the Flyers and the Canadiens, but he would never get his hands on the most coveted prize in sports the Stanley Cup.
Dykhuis was the first but not the last to wear the #45 in Chicago Blackhawks team history, here is a snapshot of the other 4 players to have worn the #45.
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Muir was traded to the Tampa Bay Lighting for the Michael Nylander so another trade that seemed to work out in the Hawks favor.
Chebaturkin lasted one season and was not signed as a free agent, and he signed on as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2003
Quintin Laing played in 3 games in 2004 and picked up one assist and never made it back to the NHL until 2006 with the Washington Capitals
Finally Adam Berti played in 2 games without hitting the scoresheet and no player has ever worn 45 since in Blackhawks history.
We are down to 45 days until opening night, and I bet you can’t guess who we will pick for tomorrow’s number!
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