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 have reached 40 days in our countdown to opening night and we have reached a number wore by many a Chicago Blackhawks goalies, but in our countdown we will first take a look at a player that wore 40 for one season before wearing 19.
Ethan Moreau-In 1996 Moreau broke into the NHL in 1996 after being a 1st round pick by the Blackhawks in the 1994 NHL Draft. Moreau played 8 games wearing #40 with one assist. The following season he switched to #19, he played 137 games with this jersey number scoring 24 goals and 25 assists. Moreau was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1999 along with Daniel Cleary, Chad Kilger, and Christian LaFlamme for Boris Mironov, Dean McAmmond, and Jonas Elofsson.
Moreau played in over 900 games in his NHL career scoring 137 times in the NHL, but he only played in 46 playoff games although he was one win away from the Stanley Cup in 2007 when his team the Edmonton Oilers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game #7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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The rest of the 40’s in Chicago Blackhawks history have been goalies, but none of them are all-time greats. The most famous is probably Darren Pang, but only for his broadcasting not his performance on the ice. Here is a quick look at the rest of the players that have worn #40 in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.
Warren Skorodenski– 1987 Warren played in 32 games going 12-11-4 with a .904 save percentage before heading to the Edmonton Oilers
Darren Pang-1988-89 Pang has had a great career as a broadcaster but his stay with the Blackhawks in net wasn’t that fantastic. He Played in Chicago for 3 seasons going 27-35-7 in 81 appearances. He also made 4 playoff appearances going 1-3. His stay was short but for some reason he’s remembered a lot I guess it’s all the great Panger broadcasts.
Chris Terreri– 1997-1998 Terreri played in 28 games scoring 12 goals and 11 assists, but his name is only familiar/hated with Blackhawks fans for being part of the package the Blackhawks received for Ed Belfour.
Casey Hankinson-2001-2002 Hankinson played 14 career games over two seasons for the Blackhawks with one assist on the his career resume.
Matt Underhill-2004 Underhill made it to the NHL with Chicago for one career NHL game and picked up one assist.
Patrick Lalime-2008-2009 Lalime signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent and played 44 games for the Hawks over two seasons going 20-18-3 wearing #40. He started 444 NHL games in his career going 200-174-48 with a .905 save percentage.
Kent Simpson– Simpson made it in one game last season and was torched giving up a goal on the first shot he saw and now he is no longer with the organization after being part of the Nick Leddy trade last fall.
There you have it! We are down to 40 days until banner raising!
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