All Time Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks: Who Is On Your All-Time Roster?

By Mario Tirabassi
Feb 15, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate a goal by defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate a goal by defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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In honor of the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild dropping the puck Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium for the NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game, I wanted to go through who I would pencil into my All-Time Chicago Blackhawks roster. Not just a dream line or dream starting six, but the whole 23-man starting roster. This is of course including current and former Blackhawks, alive or no longer with us.

Here we go.

All-Time Blackhawks: Forward

Top Line: Left Wing – Bobby Hull, Center – Jonathan Toews, Right Wing – Stan Mikita

Second Line: Left Wing – Patrick Sharp, Center – Denis Savard, Right Wing – Patrick Kane

Third Line: Left Wing – Al Secord, Center – Jeremy Roenick, Right Wing – Steve Larmer

Fourth Line: Left Wing – Bob Probert, Center – Troy Murray, Right Wing – Bill Mosienko

Scratched: Eddie Olczyk, Tony Amonte

This was probably the most difficult part of the selection process for myself. I didn’t want to just roll off the top forwards in history one through twelve. I wanted to put together lines that would be effective on the ice and were reflective of some of the best talent in franchise history. Hull, Mikita, Savard, easy picks. Toews and Kane were easy to put into the lineups as well.

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The inclusion of Patrick Sharp came down to the fact that he was one of seven players to have hoisted three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks and was a leader on the team for the better part of a decade in Chicago. For my third line, I wanted to have scoring threats and grit. Roenick, Larmer, and Secord all posses those two qualities at high levels and it helps that their time together in Chicago overlapped the late 1980’s-early 1990’s success for the franchise.

Finally, a good fourth line is a hard-working, wear out the opposition line. What better way to wear out opponents then by having Bob Probert beat-them into submission? Probert, along with Murray and Mosienko would be able to provide two-way threats and play the physical game that is expected out of the bottom-six lines. Eddie Olczyk and Tony Amonte were scratched as being worthy of roster spots, but not fitting into what I would want to bring to the fictional ice on a regular basis.

Also worth mentioning as, let’s say ‘training camp cuts’ would be Eric Daze, Chico Maki, and, I’m sure I will get flak for this, Marian Hossa. I leave Hossa back because only one-third (roughly) of his career has been with the Blackhawks and while he is one of those seven players to hoist the last three Stanley Cups in franchise history, his career time in Chicago isn’t where the others are. If Hossa puts in another two seasons with Chicago, then he will make it for sure.

Next: All-Time Defenseman Roster

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