There are some players that are great, and there are some that were much bigger in your head as a kid then what the statistics have to say.
When I was a kid the most exciting thing in the world for me was listening to the radio and hearing Pat Foley yell Bannerman With the Save.
If you would asked me when I was growing up what Bannerman’s career record was, I would have guessed he had the best record in Blackhawks history.
Growing up it felt like the Blackhawks either were out in the first round or made it to the Conference Finals only to lose to the Edmonton Oilers. So I thought he was an all-time best goalie for the Hawks. Looking at his career stats it’s obvious he wasn’t an all-time great, and was out the NHL before he was 30 years old.
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Bannerman did win over 100 games in the NHL, and was 20-18 in the playoffs including a deep run in 1985.
I think the other thing that made Bannerman great for kids my age was the mask that he wore. It was old school and super cool if you ask me. Bannerman did make some great saves so of course I’m going to continue to show Youtube videos of them.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had great goalies in their heritage and Bannerman was more of a pit stop between Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour but he was pretty good for a few years in the 1980’s and he was bigger than life for those of us listening to the games on the radio.
Only 64 days left until the NHL season kicks off for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Pittsburgh Penguins.. Are you ready?