Who were the best players ever to wear a Chicago Blackhawks uniform? Here's my list, and please note that players had to have a minimum of four good years with the Blackhawks to be considered.
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Glenn Hall (Goalie) One of the greatest goalies of all-time. The father of the butterfly style. A 13-time all-star, he led the NHL in shut-outs 6 times. Along with Mikita, Hull and Pilote, he led the Blackhawks to their 1961 Stanley Cup title. Set a record of 520 consecutive complete games, perhaps unbreakable.
Stan Mikita (Center) Owns the Blackhawks' record book: first with 22 seasons, 1394 games, 926 assists, 1467 points and 541 goals. Two-time MVP, 4-time league leading scorer, six-time all-star.
Bobby Hull (Wing) Holds a special place for all those who saw him play. Dominated the Chicago sports landscape as Walter Payton and Michael Jordan would do later. He had an astonishing combination of skating speed and power. The Chicago crowds rose to a deafening roar when he took the puck from behind the net at the old stadium. His blistering slapshot off his curved stick measured over 100mph. The NHL is still recovering from the impact of his departure to Winnipeg and the WHA.
Pierre Pilot (Defense) Captain of the 1961 Blackhawks' Stanley Cup winning team. Winner of the Norris Trophy three consecutive years, 1963, 1964 and 1965, and five time all-star.
Tony Esposito (Goalie) Sprawling successor to Hall’s butterfly style, this Hall of Fame goalie burst into the league with 15 shut-outs in his first full season, winning the Calder Trophy. He was a five-time all-star and winner of three Vezina trophies.