Who makes up the Blackhawks all-decade team of the 2000s?
By Justin Klawans
While he is not necessarily a household name anymore, Alex Zhamnov still put up significant point totals over the course of eight seasons with Chicago.
The Moscow-born center began his career with the Winnipeg Jets before being traded to the Blackhawks in 1997. His production began steadily increasing after his trade, and he put up 67 points in 2002, his most while in the Windy City. A leader by nature, he was the Blackhawks’ captain from 2002 to 2004. He also represented the Hawks in the NHL All-Star Game that year.
While he wasn’t the biggest player in the world (6’1, 187 lbs), Zhamnov made up for it with an impressive offensive sense, ending his career in Chicago with 424 points. He also wasn’t afraid to stand up for a teammate, racking up 419 PIMS during his time in Chicago. While his career totals began to decline after 2002, he still scored another 76 points the following two seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Zhamnov has faded from memory for Hawks fans a bit after the emergence of the might of the 2010s. Despite not being the most significant player of recent, and certainly not the best to ever lace them up for the Blackhawks, Alex Zhamnov is still more than worthy of starting at center for the all-decade club. He was an offensive contributor and carried himself bigger than he was, something that is lost on the current team.