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Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade Team of the 1990s

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Ed Belfour #30 and Gary Suter #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skate against the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1993-1994 NHL playoff game action at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 18: Ed Belfour #30 and Gary Suter #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skate against the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1993-1994 NHL playoff game action at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /
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Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

RD Chris Chelios

It’s next to impossible to talk about Blackhawks’ all-time greats without mentioning Chris Chelios. And not just because he would captain the ship for the latter half of the decade. His almost nine full seasons with the organization were by far his most productive, accumulating 92 goals, 395 assists, and 487 points through 664 games. Even after playing 10 years with the Detroit Red Wings, his stats in Detroit don’t compare.

Chelios’ 26-year career is remarkable in and of itself, but he definitely experienced his peak while playing for Chicago throughout the 90s. He earned multiple James Norris Memorial Trophies as the league’s best defenseman, numerous All-star appearances, and even led his lineup with 72 points in 1995-96.

What made Chelios so special wasn’t just his production, but that he was so dependable defensively. His work ethic was known to be unmatched, so it comes as no surprise that he ended his tenure in Chicago at a plus-120. His 1,495 penalty minutes also helps showcase the passion he brought to every play.

LD Gary Suter

Former Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Gary Suter, found himself suiting up for the Blackhawks throughout the mid to late 90s. After being acquired in a trade with the Whalers in March 1994, Suter would go on to play five seasons in Chicago and rack up 301 games of experience.

Not as obvious of a presence as teammates like Chelios, as his best years were then behind him, Suter still managed to be impactful along the way. His 179 points put him at a pace of over 0.59 per game, which is solid production for someone in his role.

Suter achieved most of his career accolades during its first half, which saw him spend nine years with the Calgary Flames. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an important part of the Blackhawks’ efforts throughout the 90s. He even tied for second in point totals in 1995-96, in his 11th year in the league.

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