Who makes up the Blackhawks all-decade team of the 2000s?
By Justin Klawans
Although his time in Chicago was short, Martin Lapointe still had an indelible impact on the team when he was here.
Lapointe is most widely known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings, where he quickly became a star in the Motor City, and won back to back Stanley Cups with the Wings in 1997 and 1998. Despite this, he eventually made his way to the Blackhawks as a free agent starting in 2006.
While he was only with the Blackhawks for three seasons, he still left his mark on the group. A significant offensive contributor, he still put up 62 points in 216 games with Chicago. He also served as the Hawks captain towards the end of the 2006 season. While Lapointe did put up decent numbers, his team play dipped a bit as he ended his last two full seasons in Chicago as a -30 and -14, respectively.
I don’t personally view plus/minus as a good indicator of a player’s overall performance and despite these stats, Lapointe was contributing for the Hawks up until he was traded to the Ottawa Senators, with whom he would end his career. Lapointe has stayed in hockey even after his career, and he now serves as the Director of Player Personnel for the Montreal Canadiens.
Given the players to choose from on the wing, there would be nobody better to suit up for a Blackhawks all-decade team than Marty.