Oct 28, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Pirri (37) looks on during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Well on the last day of August we arrive at 37 days in our countdown, and we are at a number last worn in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history by a player at one time thought to be the 2nd line center for a long time. Most fans liked Brandon Pirri, but there was one person in Chicago that wasn’t a fan of #37.
The only problem in Brandon Pirri‘s game was that he was only really good on the offensive end of the ice, and for Joel Quenneville that’s not good enough to play on a regular basis for his teams. Coach Q demands a 200 foot game, and Pirri was not that type of player and he never won favor of the Chicago Blackhawks coach.
Pirri was sent to the Florida Panthers and a look at his stats last year prove that he’s an offensive guy, in 49 games Pirri scored 22 goals with only 2 assists. Pirri wasn’t the first player to wear #37 so here is a quick snapshot of the former 37’s in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history.
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1. Bruce Cassidy-1988-1990 Cassidy played his entire 36 game career with the Blackhawks. He scored 4 goals and 13 assists for Chicago.
2. Jean-Yves Leroux-1997 Leroux played his whole career with Chicago. Leroux played 226 games with the Blackhawks scoring 16 goals 22 assists and a -27 rating.
3. Bryan Muir-1999-2000 Muir made a 64 game pit stop with the Blackhawks in the middle of his 279 game career. Muir 3 goals and 5 assist in his stay with Chicago.
4. Michael Nylander– Ironically, Nylander was traded to Chicago for Muir and played 230 games with the Blackhawks. Nylander scored 63 goals and 113 assists with the Hawks. Nylander played in 17 NHL seasons starting with the Hartford Whalers and ending with the Washington Capitals compiling 920 games played 209 goals 470 assists.
5. Steve Passmore 2001 Passmore went 12-16-6 in net for the Hawks with his career coming to an end in Chicago in 2004. His career stats are 23-44-12 in 93 games played.
7. Adam Burish-2007-2010 Burish was a 9th round draft pick by the Hawks in 2002 draft that made the NHL in 2007 playing in 179 games with the Blackhawks. He scored 11 goals and 10 assists while playing on the bottom 6 for the Hawks. Burish played in 15 playoff games for the Hawks in 2010 without a point. Adam Burish signed with the Dallas Stars after the 2010 season as a free agent before moving to San Jose.
8. Brandon Pirri-2011-2013 Pirri played in 35 games scoring 6 times with 7 assists with a +7.
There it is! We are down to 37 days and the next time we get to the countdown we will be in September!
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