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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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Johnny Gottselig

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No. 6: LW John Gottselig

Seasons captain: 1935-36 through 1939-40

Win percentage: .437 (92-124-38)

Playoff appearances: 3

Longest playoff run: Stanley Cup win

Regular-season statistics as captain: 222 games, 58 goals, 87 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 14 games, 5 goals, 6 assists

Yes, his overall record as the Blackhawks captain is pretty middling. But when you’re one of four guys to lead an organization to the promised land — to a Stanley Cup — you deserve some recognition. Gottselig was actually born in Russia but played his entire 16-season career with the Blackhawks. He tallied 20 assists in a season twice in his career — both while the captain — and received All-Star recognition in 1938-39 while finishing third in Hart Memorial Trophy voting. The 1937-38 season ended with a 32-year-old Gottselig leading the Blackhawks with eight playoff points en route to the organization’s second Cup. That’s some good captaining.