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Chicago Blackhawks: Top 5 Goons in Franchise History

Chicago Blackhawks, Al Secord (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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Ever since the NHL began, fighting has always been a part of the game. While in recent years the Blackhawks haven’t typically been known for their physical presence, they have had some players throughout the team’s history that definitely weren’t afraid to get physical.

Goons are a key component of every hockey team. Otherwise known as enforcers, these types of players aren’t afraid to lay their bodies on the line and sacrifice everything for the benefit of the team. While they may not be the most talented at goalscoring or playmaking, they still play a very vital role every time they step onto the ice.

Typically, goons amass the most amount of penalty minutes in a season. The majority of these minutes come from fights, while many are also a result of big-time hits. Whether it’s coming to the defense of a star player, or just trying to change the game’s momentum, it seems that a goon always has an impact on a game in one way or another.

In recent seasons, the Blackhawks have had a few enforcers on the team. Some examples include Daniel Carcillo, Brandon Bollig, Jordin Tootoo, and Andrew Shaw. Their primary goal is to get under their opponent’s skin, causing havoc all over the ice.

We are going to take a look at some of the most memorable goons throughout the history of the Chicago Blackhawks today, as here are the All-Time Top 5 Goons in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history:

#5: Al Secord

Al Secord played eight seasons in the Windy City during his twelve-year career. Secord broke into the league and wasted no time getting acclimated. In only his sophomore season, he amassed 303 penalty minutes in only 80 games played.

Secord was not your everyday goon, as he was a very talented goalscorer throughout his career as well. In the 1982-83 season alone, he notched a whopping 54 goals while racking up 180 penalty minutes.

During his tenure with the Hawks, he amassed 1,426 penalty minutes which ranks 3rd most in franchise history in 466 games played.

Secord ranked 46th all-time in penalty minutes throughout the entire NHL. It is believed that he could have had a much longer career in the NHL if he had not had such a physical presence on the ice.