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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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Keith Magnuson (Credit Via

No. 9: D Keith Magnuson

Seasons captain: 1976-77 through 1979-80

Win percentage: .464 (125-149-64)

Playoff appearances: 4

Longest playoff run: Quarterfinal loss

Regular-season statistics as captain: 133 games, 4 goals, 14 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 4 games

Magnuson played his entire 11-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, and he certainly wasn’t a man of scoring stats. In his career, Magnuson tallied 14 goals and 125 assists in 589 games. He also notched 1,442 penalty minutes. What has Magnuson up in the top 10 is the success experienced by the teams he led. Each of the four squads he captained qualified for the playoffs. While Magnuson played just three game in the 1979-80 season and didn’t participate in three of his team’s playoff runs while captain, Magnuson’s impact on the team cannot be understated. Most teams across professional sports retire numbers of Hall of Fame players after their retirement. Magnuson, who played in just two All-Star games in his career, had his number retired by the Blackhawks in November 2008. That says more than stats could.

Next: No. 8: Chris Chelios