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5 Best August-Born Players in Chicago Blackhawks’ History

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18 Apr 1998: Right wing Tony Amonte of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during a game against the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
18 Apr 1998: Right wing Tony Amonte of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during a game against the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /
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2000 Season: Tony Amonte. (Photo by Brian Winkler/Getty Images)
2000 Season: Tony Amonte. (Photo by Brian Winkler/Getty Images) /

1. Tony Amonte — 8/2/70

Last, but surely not least, we have Tony Amonte. During one of the darkest times (the late ’90s and early 2000s) in the entire existence of the Chicago Blackhawks, Tony Amonte’s light never died out.

I truly appreciate and respect him for that. He gave the fans something to watch and something to care about, even when the organization itself didn’t care about much at the time.

Tony Amonte was the epitome of consistency during his 9 years with the Chicago Blackhawks and he basically never missed a game.

He posted 7 straight 60+ point seasons from 1995-2002; of those 7 seasons, four were 70+ points and one season was 84 points.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, he threw in three 40+ goal seasons and four All-Star appearances. Amonte would leave Chicago with 900 points (416G, 484A) and a 96 ± rating in 1174 games.

Tony Amonte will always be near and dear to me as a fan of the Blackhawks, and many fans will agree.

For all of the previously mentioned reasons, it was an easy decision to select him as the best August-born player in Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise history.

Honorable Mentions

There were also a few August-born players that I wanted to include as Honorable Mentions, because they either helped bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago or compiled a decent body of work while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Antti Niemi 8/29/83 – 42 GP, 37 GS; 27-8-5 record, .910 Sv%, 2.32 GAA, 7 SO

Troy Brouwer 8/17/85 – 238 GP, 103 points (49G, 54 A) 8 ±

Mark Bell 8/5/80 – 339 GP, 151 points (72G, 79A) -34 ±

Murray Balfour 8/24/36 – 286 games, 153 points (66G, 87A) 15 ±

Ivan Boldirev 8/15/49 – 384 games, 335 points (140G, 195A) -38 ±

Alain Daigle 8/24/54 – 389 games, 106 points (56G, 50A) -40 ±

Bill Gadsby 8/8/27 – 468 games 186 points (54G,132A) N/A ±

Dick Redmond 8/14/49 – 341 games, 227 points (71G, 156A) -4 ±

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