No. 7: D Chris Chelios (1991-99)
Pit Martin would’ve been a good pick here, and you could justify Brent Seabrook as well. But Chelios was just a force with the Blackhawks when they were pushing for a Stanley Cup before sticking around and leading the team through some rough times.
The Hall of Famer came over from Montreal in his prime, at age 29, and became a critical offensive and defensive piece for a rising Chicago club. Chelios won the Norris Trophy twice in Chicago and was named an All-Star in each of his seasons donning the Indian Head.
He was also dominant in the Blackhawks’ deepest playoff runs with Chelios around, posting 21 points and a crazy plus-19 rating in the 1992 postseason and contributing 11 points in 16 playoffs games in 1995. The Blackhawks’ biggest mistake was not making sure Chelios retired in the Chicago No. 7.
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