All Time Blackhawks

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

By Colin Likas
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Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks parade makes its way east on Monroe during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 5: D Phil Russell (1973-79)

The players to wear No. 5 in Chicago aren’t an impressive list, even at 23 large. But Russell had himself a fine run with the Blackhawks, even if they weren’t winning the Stanley Cup during his time (and even if you can barely tell that’s him in the above picture).

Russell was an offensive defenseman to the T after being taken in the NHL draft’s first round by Chicago 1972. He finished seventh in Calder Trophy voting and finished with at least 25 points in each of his seasons with the Blackhawks.

He also earned his only two All-Star nods in Chicago and received his only Norris Trophy votes in a season he split between Chicago and Atlanta. He was never as good as he was in Chicago after being moved during the 1978-79 campaign.

Next: No. 6

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