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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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Chicago Blackhawks Captain Chris Chelios

No. 8: D Chris Chelios

Seasons captain: 1995-96 through 1998-99

Win percentage: .490 (139-147-52)

Playoff appearances: 2

Longest playoff run: Conference semifinal loss

Regular-season statistics as captain: 299 games, 35 goals, 161 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 15 games, 4 assists

We all know how the Hall of Famer’s career in Chicago ended, so let’s talk about the few years he was captain before that. Chelios was the glue for the Blackhawks when things started to turn for the worse, as the team went from making the playoffs year in and year out into a drought. But Chelios didn’t waver much, posting impressive stats from the blue line in the regular season. He took over the captaincy at age 33 and responded with 81 games played and a career-high-tying 58 assists in the 1995-96 regular season. Even as things got worse around him, Chelios kept playing well, especially for someone getting into his late-30s. His playoff offense wasn’t groundbreaking, but he was the last great leader for the Blackhawks before Jonathan Toews.

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