As the countdown to the Chicago Blackhawks 2018-19 season continues, we’ll take a look at one player who best wore the same number as there are days left until October 4 when the season kicks off against the Ottawa Senators.
Chicago Blackhawks hockey is now just 33 days away. Today, we will ever-so-bravely take on the task of detailing one Blackhawk to wear no. 33.
As far as recent memory serves, if you’d like to play for the Chicago Blackhawks and wear no. 33, you’d better be a big guy.
Big, as in Big Buff, or Dustin Byfuglien.
Dustin Byfuglien was selected 245th in the 2003 NHL draft, and in time he made it to the show as a defenseman. Big Buff’s potential was obviously there, however it never fully shined through on a nightly basis. That changed when in the 2010 playoffs he eventually was moved to wing.
It was one of the biggest difference makers for the Blackhawks in a season that ended with their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. He was a menace in front of the net and played a gigantic role not just for the Chicago Blackhawks, but especially on the power play.
Just how much Dustin Byfuglien meant to the Blackhawks during that run really cannot be understated. Unfortunately, Big Buff was moved to the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) for what was more or less Jeremy Morin and eventually Kevin Hayes. Byfuglien moved back to defense and has spent the last several years being one of the most productive defenseman in the league.
However, Blackhawk Up is going to look a little deeper at one Blackhawks player who made a bigger difference in the net, rather than in front of it. His name?