All Time Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks’ Best At Each Sweater, Nos. 1-10

By Colin Likas
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Jan 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4: D Niklas Hjalmarsson (2009-present)

Sure, Bobby Orr is one of the greatest players in league history. But by the time he got to Chicago and wore No. 4, he was pretty much ready to retire. Hjalmarsson has made a far bigger impact on the organization while wearing the number.

Hjammer is an oft-unheralded blueliner who puts his body on the line night in and night out. As a result, he’s a three-time Stanley Cup champ and either the No. 2 or 3 defenseman on a Stanley Cup contender, depending on who you ask.

The Swede won’t wow you with offensive prowess (he’s surpassed 20 points in a season twice), but he has no problem taking tough zone starts and the abuse that comes with them. Hjammer has 1,005 regular-season blocked shots and 291 more in the playoffs. Ouch.

Next: No. 5

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