On this Fourth of July, Blackhawk Up takes a look at the top current Chicago Blackhawks born in the United States.
The Fourth of July is typically filled with sunshine, barbecuing, and celebrating the great country that is the United States of America. As Chicago Blackhawks fans, I say we celebrate a different way this year. So, enjoy this Fourth of July with me by celebrating the top-5 current US born Blackhawks.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, John Hayden has been with the Blackhawks since he was drafted by them 73rd overall in 2013. Hayden broke into the NHL in the 2016-17 season and has floated back and forth between the NHL and AHL ever since. In John’s career with the Hawks, he’s tallied 17 points on 5 goals and 12 assists in 59 total games. It’s worth adding he’s added 59 total penalty minutes. Hayden made a name for himself in Chicago with moments like this.
Murphy was born in Dublin, Ohio and came over the Blackhawks in the Niklas Hjalmarsson trade last off-last season. Murphy ate up a sizable amount of minutes in a primarily second and third pairing role, averaging 16:22 time on ice. He looks to continue that roll again this reason.
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Oesterle is from Dearborn Heights, Michigan and played 55 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Jordan put up 5 goals and 10 assists with the squad last year. Oesterle is 26 and an offensive defenseman. Additionally, he played with Duncan Keith last year, but now joins the all out battle for the bottom two pairings spots.