No. 6: Elwyn “Doc” Romnes, C/LW, 1930-38
Obviously, the NHL schedule wasn’t 82 games long back in the 1930s. But Romnes never surpassed eight penalty minutes in any of his 8 1/2 seasons with Chicago. That alone is incredible, and it led to him winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1936.
But that’s not all Romnes did in Chicago. The two-time Stanley Cup winner in 1934 and 1938 was quite the offensive force back in a time when guys weren’t necessarily filling up the nets. He contributed 66 goals and 133 assists during his time with the Blackhawks.
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In the Blackhawks’ two Cup runs during Romnes’ tenure, he was at his finest. Romnes posted a career-best seven postseason assists in the 1934 run, and he notched six points in a career-high 10 playoff games during the 1938 run. When the stakes were at their highest, Romnes came to play.
No. 5: Tony Amonte, RW, 1994-2002
Amonte is one of three guys in this top 10 to not have a Cup with the Blackhawks, but the impact he made on the team during a very rough time cannot be understated.
Amonte took over the captainship in 2000 when the ship was pretty well sunk due to popular and successful players being moved and “Dollar” Bill Wirtz putting his archaic policies into full effect.
Amonte handled that distinction with aplomb, with three of his four All-Star appearances in Chicago coming during his last four seasons with the club. He also helped the Blackhawks back to the postseason in 2002 after an ugly absence.
Overall, Amonte contributed 281 goals and 285 assists in 8 1/2 seasons with the Blackhawks. It’s disappointing he couldn’t have been part of the club when things were going better, but he was a shining star throughout a difficult stretch.
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