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.
Let’s be honest when we reach #27 the first thought isn’t Jeremy Morin, but another Jeremy that wore the number all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 1992 and his name is Roenick.
Roenick was one of the best players of his era and came out like a rocket with the Blackhawks as a young brash goal scorer that would throw his body around. Roenick is one of only three Blackhawks to ever score 50 goals in a season, yet he couldn’t help the Hawks to the 1992 Stanley Cup. When Roenick was traded for Alex Zhamnov the Dark Ages of Chicago Blackhawks hockey were closing in.
Today, Jeremy Morin was assigned #27 which kind of makes you a little sick. I liked Morin but he’s never gained the trust of Joel Quenneville which makes you feel like he will be a training camp/preseason trade throw in with Kris Versteeg or Bryan Bickell. Either way I don’t expect much from the newest version of #27.
Johnny Oduya wore the jersey last season and is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and will be one of the best trades that Stan Bowman pulled off in this golden era of Chicago Blackhawks hockey. Here is a look at the rest of the #27’s in franchise history.
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1. Bobby Sheehan-1976 Sheehan played one season with the Hawks scoring 11 goals and 20 assists before heading to the Detroit Red Wings.
2. Jeff McDill-1977 McDill only played one game in the NHL and that was with the Hawks, during that game he didn’t crack the scoresheet.
3. Michel Archambault-1977 Archambault made it to the NHL for only 3 games and all he has to show for it is a -3.
4. Jean Savard-1978-1979 Savard played in 43 games with the Hawks picking up 7 goals and 13 assists. This was Savard’s only NHL experience.
5. Darryl Sutter-1980-1987 The Captain of the Blackhawks and the oldest of all the Sutters played 8 seasons with the Hawks during the 80’s. In his 406 games wearing #27 for the Blackhawks he scored 161 goals and 118 assists.
6. Rick Vaive 1988-1989 Vaive played 876 games in the NHL scoring 441 goals and 337 assists. He played 96 out of his 876 games in a Chicago sweater scoring 55 goals and 49 assists.
7. Jeremy Roenick-1989-1997 J.R. ranks 8th all-time on the Blackhawks scoring list while only playing in 524 games before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes. Roenick scored 267 goals and 329 assists while having a career +117. Roenick led the Hawks all the way to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals which was the only Finals appearance by the Hawks in my lifetime until the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.
8. Todd Simpson-2006 Simpson played 45 games with the Blackhawks picking up 3 assists in Chicago.
9. Craig MacDonald-2007 MacDonald played 25 games with the Hawks scoring 3 goals and 2 assists before moving on to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
10. Andrei Zyuzin-2008 Zyuzin played the final 42 games of his 496 NHL game career scoring 2 goals and 3 assists with the Blackhawks.
11. Pascal Pelletier-2009 Pelletier played 7 games with the Hawks with only a -4 to show for his NHL career.
12. Jeremy Morin-2011 Morin has worn 27 and 11 with the Hawks. He has played 15 NHL games with the Hawks scoring 3 goals and 2 assists. Many are looking forward to Morin to make a huge charge in training camp to become a regular on the 2013-2014 Blackhawks.
27 days left, are you getting excited?
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