There is one player that doesn’t have his number in the rafters that I believe should be up there, and that is the #28 of Steve Larmer and he’s #5 on my All-Time Greatest Blackhawks list.
Steve Lamer was an absolute steal by the Chicago Blackhawks as they drafted him with the 120th selection in the 6th round of the 1980 NHL entry draft.
Larmer’s first full season with the Blackhawks was in 1982-83 and he only scored 43 goals with 47 assists to win the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the year.
Larmer was a fantastic scorer throughout his entire career putting the puck in the net 40 or more times in 5 different seasons but never hitting the magical 50 goal plateau during his great career.
Larmer’s best season was in the 1990-91 campaign when he scored 44 times and picked up 57 assists for his only 100 point season of his career. He finished 5th in the Hart Trophy ballot for League MVP. This is I suppose the only argument for why Larmer isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame because the Calder Trophy was the only award that he won during his career. The thing is he played in an era of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hall so there really wasn’t a lot of awards just out there to win.
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The biggest reason for me to have him voted in the Hall of Fame and have his jersey hanging from the rafters isn’t just his scoring and leadership, but his ironman streak. Steve Larmer has the third longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history with 884 which is really an incredible streak of endurance.
Larmer played on my favorite line of Al Secord and Denis Savard in the mid 80’s that could wow you in so many different ways. It’s kind of strange that it’s Secord that was the only one of the bunch to hit the 50 goal total for a season.
Like the rest of the 80’s Chicago Blackhawks, Larmer couldn’t win a Stanley Cup in Chicago even though they made some great runs including the 1992 run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Larmer was traded twice in the same day to the Hartford Whalers and then the New York Rangers where he met up with his old coach Mike Keenan to win the 94 Stanley Cup and break the Rangers long drought.
Larmer is one of my favorite players of all-time and his jersey belongs retired!
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