No. 42: D Jon Klemm (2001-04)
Chances are you’re not terribly familiar with Klemm, and that’s OK. The No. 42 in Blackhawks history has had an extremely rough road. Also an oddly specific one.
First, let’s talk about Klemm. I could’ve gone with Jordan Hendry or Joakim Nordstrom here, as both were Cup winners in Chicago (though Hendry won his in a different number). But Klemm offered the Blackhawks far more than either Hendry or Nordstrom did (maybe “far more” is a little generous).
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Klemm made his only All-Star Game while a member of the Blackhawks, in 2001-02. He provided a little bit of kick from the blue line, contributing 37 points in 171 games. He also ate up a ton of minutes, skating at average of 22:47 a night. His career average was just 18:23. So he should be commended for going above his threshold.
Now, the odd history of this number. Seven guys wore it before Klemm. The guy directly before him, Steve Poapst, played in 220 games for Chicago. But before Poapst? The other six guys to wear No. 42 played less than 10 games with the Blackhawks. And for five of that group, it was just one or two games in the number before they were gone from the Windy City.
Maybe the Blackhawks should stop handing out No. 42.
Next: No. 43