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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top 10 American-Born Players

By Colin Likas
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In honor of Independence Day, we look at the top 10 American-born Chicago Blackhawks

Happy Independence Day/Fourth of July to all Americans out there. In honor of the holiday, we’re going to show you a clip from the recently released “Independence Day” sequel.

Just kidding … we won’t torture you like that. Instead, I’ll torture you with tons of writing!

But I think Chicago Blackhawks fans will like this topic, as we’re going to take a look today at the top 10 American-born players to compete for the Chicago Blackhawks. Just a note before we get started: I’m only looking at the accomplishments these players compiled with the Blackhawks, not with other NHL teams.

You’d be surprised how difficult it was to find a healthy amount of American-born players to choose from. The Blackhawks, over their history, have employed many, many more Canadian athletes. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some great Americans as well.

Let’s start with the honorable mention selections.

Honorable Mention: Curt Fraser, LW, 1983-88

Fraser spent parts of five seasons with the Blackhawks in the middle of his career, tallying a healthy 105 goals and 129 assists.

Honorable Mention: Alex Levinsky, D, 1935-39

The only Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup winner in this section, Levinsky was part of the 1938 championship club. He was much more of a defensive defenseman, apparently, as he tallied just nine goals and 25 assists in 4 1/2 seasons.

Honorable Mention: Jack O’Callahan, D, 1982-87

Nothing too spectacular from O’Callahan, who only played two seasons with the New Jersey Devils after his Blackhawks tenure was up before retiring. O’Callahan compiled 18 goals and 72 assists in five seasons in the Windy City.

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Honorable Mention: Mike O’Connell, D, 1977-81

Keeping the blue-line train going is O’Connell, who spent just 3 1/2 seasons in Chicago. But he put up solid numbers from the blue line, posting 18 goals and 62 assists in that short time.

Honorable Mention: Ed Olczyk, C/RW, 1984-87, 1998-2000

It’s unfortunate Eddie O had to go in this section of the countdown, but he didn’t do things above and beyond some other entries on this list while with the Blackhawks. He spent the first three and final two seasons of his career in Chicago, tallying 84 goals and 138 assists. Of course, he’s better known now as the team’s TV color analyst/resident pony expert.

Honorable Mention: Wayne Presley, RW, 1984-91

Presley left for San Jose right before the Blackhawks qualified for the 1992 Stanley Cup Final. He could’ve made a nice scoring addition to that lineup, perhaps, as he netted 110 goals and 105 assists in seven seasons with Chicago.

Honorable Mention: Cliff “Fido” Purpur, RW, 1941-45

His awesome nickname almost got him into the top 10. Well, maybe not, but Purpur did spend almost all his NHL career in Chicago, with just one season with the St. Louis Eagles preceding his Blackhawks run. Purpur netted 25 goals and 34 assists in four Chicago seasons.

Honorable Mention: Gary Suter, D, 1994-98

The only Blackhawks All-Star in this section (twice) had solid offensive production in 4 1/2 seasons on the Chicago blue line. He tallied 62 goals and 140 assists while also finishing eighth in Norris Trophy voting in 1996.

Next: Nos. 10-9

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