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Chicago Blackhawks: Dan Cleary 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.

We are down to 25 short days in our countdown, and I decided today to throw a curveball in the countdown and throw out a name of a player that hasn’t played for the Blackhawks since the 90’s but still is in the NHL.

It seems weird but every year about this time the Detroit Red Wings find a reason to bring Dan Cleary back to their roster.  Cleary started his career with the Blackhawks scoring 4 goals and 5 assists in 41 games before being thrown in a big trade to the Edmonton Oilers.

Cleary hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and like the Energizer Bunny he keeps going and going.

The last significant player on the Chicago Blackhawks roster to wear #25 was Viktor Stalberg, and even though he was the part of the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship he sure wasn’t a Joel Quenneville favorite. Stalberg was a favorite doghouse member of Coach Q, and in the end he was let go when he became a free agent when the Nashville Predators signed him in 2014. Here is a quick look at the rest of the #25’s in Chicago Blackhawks history.

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1. Dan Hinton-1977 Hinton played in 14 NHL games all with Chicago and the only stat he has to show for his efforts is a -5 rating.

2. Bob Kelly-1978-1979 Kelly played 138 games with the Blackhawks scoring 9 goals 16 assists and picking up 180 penalty minutes.

3. Brian Young-1980 Young played in 8 games wearing #25 picking up 2 assists.

4. Florent Robidoux-1981 Robidoux Blackhawks career lasted 52 games with 7 goals and 4 assists.

5. Jerome Dupont-1982-1986 Dupont played in 201 games he scored 7 goals and 29 assists with 445 penalty minutes. Here is a fight with a great fight call by Pat Foley.

6. James Camazzola-1987 Camazzola played in 5 games without a point in his NHL career.

7. Bob McGill-1987-1991 McGill played in 281 games with the Blackhawks. He picked up 641 penalty minutes and 10 goals with 26 assists.

8. Rod Buskas-1992 Buskas put on the Blackhawks jersey 46 times and he picked up 4 assists during his two season stay with Chicago

9. Dave Christian-1993-1994 Christian appeared in 69 games during his stay with the Blackhawks, he picked up 4 goals and 17 assists during his stay.

10. Alexander Karpovtsev 2001-2004  Karpovtsev played in 182 games with the Hawks he put 7 goals in the back of the net while adding 39 assists.

11. Cam Barker-2006-2010 One of the few #3 picks overall that hasn’t worked out in Chicago sports history. The best part of Barker is that he was traded for Nick Leddy. During his Blackhawks 200 game career, Barker scored 17 goals and 63 assists.

We are down to 25 days and you can almost smell opening night!

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