Ever wonder who the best was to wear each number on the Chicago Blackhawks jersey?
Jersey numbers in hockey are among the easiest ways to identify various players. You can look at skating style and player size, and many NHL jerseys bear a player’s last name on the back. But the numbers will always be there in one way or another.
So which players have been the best to don each number with the Chicago Blackhawks? In some cases, it’s a really easy question to answer. Not each number has been worn in team history, while others have been worn by just one athlete.
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Nos. 1-59 have all been worn by at least one player. Only No. 35, which paired with Tony Esposito‘s jersey from 1970-84, has been worn by just one athlete in that stretch of digits.
After 59, things get a little more spaced out. No Blackhawk has worn Nos. 60-64, 66, 69, 71, 73-76, 78-79, 83-84, 87, 89-90 or 95-99. Nos. 65 (Andrew Shaw), 68 (Stephen Tepper), 70 (Dennis Rasmussen), 77 (Paul Coffey), 80 (Antoine Vermette), 81 (Marian Hossa), 82 (Tomas Kopecky), 85 (Rusty Olesz), 86 (Teuvo Teravainen), 88 (Patrick Kane), 91 (Brad Richards) and 93 (Doug Gilmour) have been worn by just one Blackhawk.
Today we’re going to begin a glance at the best Blackhawks to wear each of the numbers that has been donned by more than one athlete. We’ll start with Nos. 1-10, which have seen a workout.
Next: No. 1