No. 4: John Mariucci, D, 1940-42, 1945-48
Mariucci spent all five of his NHL seasons in Chicago, which obviously isn’t that long of a career. Of course, the only reason he didn’t spend more time on NHL ice was because he was busy serving in World War II. And Mariucci managed to spend two seasons playing for the United States Coast Guard team in that timeframe.
Mariucci was far from an offensive dynamo, maxing out at five goals in the 1941-42 season. He had just 11 in his career to go with 37 assists. But he was the team’s captain in all five of his seasons, in a time when big-bodied action from defensemen was wildly celebrated and even necessary in the league.
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Sure, Mariucci didn’t win a Stanley Cup, but the guy was clearly an integral part of the Blackhawks and managed to serve his country around two separate captaincies. That’s worth a high spot on this list.
No. 3: Jeremy Roenick, C, 1988-96
Oh, if only the Blackhawks had hung on to Roenick much longer than they did. But his time with the team was still pretty incredible, even if the Blackhawks were unable to collect a Stanley Cup.
Roenick finished third in Calder Trophy voting in 1990 behind 66 points in 78 games. He would go on to be a three-time All-Star in Chicago while receiving votes for the Selke and being in the running for the Hart.
He also had some stellar playoff performances, including during the team’s run to the 1992 Stanley Cup Final. In that year, Roenick posted 22 points in just 18 games. Three of his 12 postseason goals were game-winners.
Roenick was a special talent, finishing with 402 goals and 371 assists in eight seasons with Chicago. He exceeded 100 points in three consecutive seasons (1991-92 through 1993-94) and surpassed 40 goals in four straight (1990-91 through 1993-94). It’s unfortunate the team couldn’t win a Cup while he was around.
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