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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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No. 18: D John Mariucci

Seasons captain: 1945-46 and 1947-48

Win percentage: .434 (43-58-13)

Playoff appearances: 1

Longest playoff run: Semifinal loss

Regular-season statistics as captain: 101 games, 4 goals, 12 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 4 games, 1 assist

Mariucci played all five of his NHL years with the Chicago Blackhawks, but they were a bit spaced out. He started in 1940-41 at age 24, played another season after that and then didn’t play again until the 1945-46 season. The reason? He served in World War II. He did manage to play a couple seasons for the United States Coast Guard team, though, so that’s kind of crazy. But Mariucci was regarded highly enough that, after returning from war, he was installed as the Blackhawks captain. The team made the playoffs that season as well. For some reason, Mariucci wasn’t captain the next season, and he responded with a career-high 110 penalty minutes. That was motivation enough to give Mariucci the C again the following season, after which he retired. Mariucci was recognized in 1985 as an NHL Hall of Fame Builder, helping the development of the game enough to earn permanent enshrinement in the sport’s top location.

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