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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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Dirk Graham #33 Chicago Blackhawks (picture courtesy of

No. 3: LW/RW Dirk Graham

Seasons captain: 1988-89 through 1994-95

Win percentage: .547 (307-248-69)

Playoff appearances: 7

Longest playoff run: Cup Final loss

Regular-season statistics as captain: 504 games, 135 goals, 172 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 71 games, 13 goals, 20 assists

We’ve gotten to the big three on this list, and Graham comes in third among them. Of course, if it was a mustache competition, Graham would clearly win in a runaway. The only thing missing from Graham’s captain resume is a Cup win, which is really unfortunate considering his contributions to the Chicago club. After spending four and a half seasons with the rival Minnesota North Stars, Graham was traded to the Blackhawks in the 1987-88 season. He was made captain at the start of the next season and held the post until his retirement. He scored a career-best 33 goals in his first season as Chicago captain and won the Selke Trophy after the 1990-91 campaign. Graham tied for fifth on the team in points during its longest playoff run under Graham, in which the Blackhawks fell to Pittsburgh in the 1992 Cup Final. Graham’s leadership paced a pretty successful time in Blackhawks history, earning him recognition in spite of a lack of titles.