It is hard to imagine that there are jersey numbers that have not been used in the windy city, yet for the Blackhawks, that is reality.
There have been many players who have suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, yet there are a few numbers that have never been worn through team history.
We are not talking about retired numbers. Chicago does have six retired numbers throughout its history, but there are a handful of numbers that have just never been used before.
So here are the numbers that have not been worn:
61, 66, 69, 73, 76, 78, 79, 83, 87, 89, 96, 97, 98, 99
The NHL celebrated their 100 years of hockey a few years ago, and the ‘Hawks have played for 93 seasons thus far. I am shocked they still have so many unused numbers in their franchise history. I understand some of the bigger numbers have always just not been hockey numbers, but you would think this list would not be that long.
The Blackhawks’ list of unused numbers in the NHL could get smaller next season if Brandon Pirri and Brad Morrison suit up for the Blackhawks. Pirri wears number 73, and Morrison is using number 78. Those are two potential players that could help shorten up this list. Here are all the new Blackhawks’ numbers for next season.
When looking at the complete list of players for different jersey numbers, 41 players have worn number 14, but none have worn 76. The most used number through Blackhawks history has been number 6 thus far, with 48 different players.
While talking about jersey numbers, there have also been a handful of numbers that have only had one player use it throughout the team history thus far.
For example, here are the one player wonders throughout the Blackhawks history: Tony Esposito (35), Luke Johnson (62), Carl Dahlstrom (63), Andrew Shaw (65), Dennis Rasmussen (70), Philipp Kurashev (71), Nicolas Beaudin (74), Alec Regula (75), Antoine Vermette (80), Marian Hossa (81), Alexandre Fortin (84), Rostislav Olesz (85), Teuvo Teravainen (86), Patrick Kane (88), Doug Gilmour (93), and Dylan Sikura (95).
It is interesting to look at some of the jersey numbers that have been least worn throughout the NHL, especially considering there is no hockey to talk about just yet.