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Chicago Blackhawks: Ranking All The Captains In Franchise History

By Colin Likas
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Chicago Blackhawks D Pierre Pilote (Photo courtesy of blackhawks.nhl.com)

No. 2: D Pierre Pilote

Seasons captain: 1961-62 through 1967-68

Win percentage: .563 (270-200-86)

Playoff appearances: 7

Longest playoff run: Cup Final loss

Regular-season statistics as captain: 451 games, 45 goals, 260 assists

Playoff statistics as captain: 60 games, 5 goals, 38 assists

Let’s start with an understatement: Pierre Pilote was pretty good at hockey. The Hall of Famer might have been upset he finished only fifth in Calder Trophy voting as a rookie, because he went on to win the Norris Trophy three times (all while captain) and get selected to eight consecutive All-Star games (six while captain). While Pilote couldn’t secure a Stanley Cup while the captain (he was part of the 1961 championship team), he was a primary reason the team was in contention for a title. Three times he led the Blackhawks to the doorstep of the Cup, only to be turned away each time. He posted seven assists in each of those first two runs and a goal and three assists in the third. The team qualified for the playoffs in each year of his captaincy, which was among the most impressive in team history despite the lack of titles. Sounds like Graham, huh?

Next: No. 1: Jonathan Toews

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