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NEW YORK, NY - 1972: Gene Carr #20 of the New York Rangers fights with Keith Magnuson #3 of the Chicago Blackhawks circa 1972 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1972: Gene Carr #20 of the New York Rangers fights with Keith Magnuson #3 of the Chicago Blackhawks circa 1972 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 26: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates Patrick Kane #88, Brent Seabrook #7, and Duncan Keith #2 after scoring against the Ottawa Senators in the second period during the NHL game on October 26, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 26: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates Patrick Kane #88, Brent Seabrook #7, and Duncan Keith #2 after scoring against the Ottawa Senators in the second period during the NHL game on October 26, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Future Retired Jersey Numbers?

Without a doubt, the Chicago Blackhawks are going to retire a few players’ jersey numbers from the Stanley Cup core that captured 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons. However, when you look at the different numbers available to retire, I think it is worth pairing them into “Without A Doubt” and “Maybe” groups.

It is a little crazy to name off 6 or 7 players that have played on a team recently, or still are, and say they deserve their number retired. However, how many teams have won 3 Cups in 6 seasons?

Without a Doubt – Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook

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Toews, Kane, and Keith are all members of the top 100 players of all time from a few years ago. I am convinced those 3 players will see their names and numbers in the rafters of the United Center. The only player people will really question is Brent Seabrook.

Seabrook, in his prime, was one of the top defensemen in the NHL and deserves to have his number retired. Even though he did not wear the “A” during the ‘Hawks championships, he was still a leader.

I believe the Chicago Blackhawks will similarly retire Seabrook’s number to what they did with Pilote and Magnuson’s #3.

Meaning the Blackhawks will retire #7 for both Brent Seabrook and Chris Chelios. Chelios registered 487 points with the Blackhawks over 9 years and is certainly worthy of this honor.

Maybe – Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, and Corey Crawford

Being a part of some of the best hockey in Blackhawks’ history earns you some glory. The Blackhawks have a lot of numbers available and could retire a few more. Do you think the ‘Hawks will ever have another memorable #4, #10, #81, or #50? It is possible, but I honestly don’t think so. It will be hard to recreate the impact each of these players had on the Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise.

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