The Chicago Blackhawks have had several captains during their history, but only a few stand out as the best.
An NHL team is only as good as the leader that motivates them night in and night out, and that is true for the Blackhawks. While it does not always fall on just one guy to lead the team night in and night out, one captain does represent the team on the ice.
There is a reason the NHL passes the Stanley Cup to the captain first. He represents all of the players. When an issue arises in the locker room, you turn to your captain. If a problem occurs on the ice, your captain is the one who goes and speaks to the refs about it.
The Blackhawks have always taken their captaincy very seriously. It is a position that is usually filled by a player who can represent the entire roster and be level headed in challenging situations. The difference between a good team and a great team is the leaders going to battle night in and night out.
A team is only as good as it’s weakest link, but the captain is the one who makes the weakest link better. We have seen Toews lead the Blackhawks numerous times throughout this past decade, but where does he rank on the all-time captain list for the Chicago Blackhawks?