All Time Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks’ Best At Each Sweater, Nos. 41-50

By Colin Likas
Mar 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by center Jonathan Toews (19) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2) for a victory against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by center Jonathan Toews (19) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2) for a victory against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane warms up across the center ice logo before game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 41: G Jocelyn Thibault (1998-2004)

Thibault was the first goaltender I can ever recall seeing at a Blackhawks game. It was one of those contests during the time when no one went to games. There was a free hat as the giveaway. It was blue, for whatever reason. Still have the hat; not sure it still fits.

Anyway, Thibault was an entirely average goaltender for Chicago. After spending time with Quebec, Colorado and Montreal, he found his way to the Windy City. The results were “meh,” as Thibault posted a 137-142-37 record while serving as the team’s starter. He actually did make the All-Star Game in the 2001-02 season.

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Interesting fact about this number, though. Only four guys have worn it. Two of them have almost the same name: Mike McNeill and current Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill. Stranger, both are listed as right wings, and both have fewer than five games in Chicago to their name (two for Mike, one for Mark).

The other No. 41, in case you were curious, was Niklas Hjalmarsson at the start of his career (he was used for No. 4 in this series, so no repeats).

Next: No. 42

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