Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade Team of the 1990s
By Shaun Filippelli
C Jeremy Roenick
As a former first-round pick for the Blackhawks, Jeremy Roenick certainly did not disappoint during his time with the organization. His vibrance seemed to transcend his on-ice presence, as Roenick offered onlookers a front-row seat to the rejuvenation of this organization. He was a young star, with an arrogance backed by unparalleled production.
Between the 1990-91 and 1995-96 seasons, before he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in August 1996, Roenick played in 426 games with the Blackhawks. In that span, he accumulated 232 goals, 280 assists, and 512 points. That was good enough to see him lead his team in production for three of the six years he played there that decade.
Roenick still sits in 11th in all-time point totals for the organization. What’s most remarkable about that achievement, is that his 524 games played with the franchise is well below that of those around him on the list. Thus, illustrating his immediate and consistent impact while there.
RW Tony Amonte
After being drafted in the fourth round by the New York Rangers, Tony Amonte quickly made his presence felt throughout the league and other teams took notice. So much so that the Blackhawks thought he might be their missing piece and they traded to acquire him in March 1994, following Chicago’s failed postseason.
Unfortunately, Amonte’s impact clearly wasn’t the only thing missing that year. He was only able to accumulate one goal and three assists in the seven regular-season games he played after the move. They then experienced their quickest playoff exit to that point throughout the early years of the decade, losing in the Conference Quarter-Finals.
Amonte would get into a groove as the 1994-95 season got underway, quickly establishing himself as a top producer year in and year out. Throughout his time in Chicago that decade, between 1993-94 and 1999-00, Amonte earned 411 points in 463 games. But beyond his numbers was the unmatched excitement he brought to every play he set-up and finished.
LW Steve Larmer
Although he wouldn’t even spend half of the decade in Chicago, it would be an injustice to exclude Steve Larmer from this lineup. His 245 points through 244 games between the 1990-91 and 1992-93 seasons alone speak for itself. And that’s on top of his preceding efforts landing him in our All-Decade team of the 1980s, as well.
Larmer’s 44 goals and 57 assists combined for 101 points in the 1990-91 season, which had him atop the team’s point leaders list that year for the final time. A statistic that should not go unmentioned is the 18 game-winning goals he scored in that small three-year sample size. This is the type of stat that illustrates Larmer’s often undervalued and underappreciated impact on this franchise.
Following being part of a three-team trade in November 1993, which saw him initially dock with the Hartford Whalers, Larmer would end up joining the New York Rangers where he won his one and only Stanley Cup in 1994. He would play two more years, before retiring following the shortened 1994-95 season.