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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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#2: Keith Magnuson

When you think of iconic members of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise, Keith Magnuson is one name that comes to mind. Keith spent his entire 11 year NHL career in Chicago, playing in a total of 589 games in that span.

If you dive into Magnuson’s numbers, you can see that he was predominantly in the league for one reason, and that was to be an enforcer. He only scored 14 goals in his career, however, he amassed 1,440 penalty minutes in his career. This ranks second all-time in franchise history, only trailing Chris Chelios. While he does not rank in the Top 25 all-time in NHL history for penalty minutes, this could be because his career was shorter than most of the list.

After his playing days, Magnuson came back to become the head coach of the Blackhawks in the 1980-81 season. His span at the helm of the Blackhawks did not last long, as he was fired after the following season as the Hawks finished with a dismal record of 18-24-10.

Magnuson tragically died in a car accident in December of 2003 at just 56 years old, regardless he will always be forever remembered as an integral part of the Blackhawks franchise.