25 Days Until Chicago Blackhawks Christmas makes its debut today with a speedy forward
We’ve made it to December, and Christmas is 25 days away. What better way to count down to present opening and eggnog than looking at Chicago Blackhawks greats, and not so greats, that have worn sweater numbers 25-1. This isn’t a, ‘Best Blackhawk To Wear…’ list. This is just ‘A Blackhawk That Wore/Wears…’ So if your favorite isn’t on this list, don’t come crying to me. Or do. I don’t care. Anyway here we go…
As far as flashes in the pan go for the Chicago Blackhawks, Viktor Stalberg might be one of the most notable flashes in the modern era.
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Acquired in a five-player deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2010, Stalberg joined Chicago after the organization’s first Stanley Cup win since 1961 and had played just half of an NHL season with the Maple Leafs before making his impact in Chicago.
Always noted as one of the fastest skaters on the team and in the league, Stalberg played three full seasons with the Blackhawks, peaking in the 2011-12 season when he tallied 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) and represented Sweden in the 2012 IIHF World Championships.
From that season, take a trip down memory lane with this highlight package from the Dec. 26 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a two-goal night for Stalberg:
See? Christmas-related. Boom.
While his time in Chicago was underwhelming based on the flashes of skill and promise that Stalberg showed early on in his career, he still was a part of the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, and no one can take his name off that Cup.
As a Blackhawk, Stalberg skated in 203 regular-season games and tallied 90 points, as well as playing in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff games and scoring six points.
Since his tenure with Chicago ended after the lockout-shortened, Stanley Cup-winning season of 2013, Stalberg has made three different stop in the NHL, playing for the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and currently with the Carolina Hurricanes alongside former Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck, Michael Leighton and Bryan Bickell.
Stalberg has dealt with injuries since leaving the Blackhawks that have hampered his speed, and his goal-scoring hasn’t regained the pace that it once was, but his game is re-surging in Carolina after disappointing stops in New York and Nashville. All the best to Stally moving forward in his future endeavors.