Blackhawks won over the Florida tonight 3-2 in an exciting game that ended with a shootout. Blackhawks played well for a majority of the game, and had a 2-0 lead going into the third period, thanks to goals by Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell. However, the 'Hawks let up two goals in the third sending the game into overtime. After a scoreless overtime, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp converted their shootout attempts to get the team a W. One of the most exciting takeaways of the game for me was that Crawford shut out the Panthers in the shootout, as Crawford's shootout abilities were highly ridiculed last years.
Number 9: Bobby Hull
Is this even a question? Bobby Hull is by the greatest to wear the number 9 sweater for the Hawks, and one of the greatest to wear no. 9 in NHL history (amid some significant competition). Rather than write it all out, I'll just list the accomplishments the Golden Jet achieved while wearing the Indian Head:
- 1036 games played
- 604 goals
- 549 assists
- 1153 points
- 129 points (62 goals, 67 assists) in 119 career playoff games
- 12-time NHL All Star (10-time First-Team)
- 1961 Stanley Cup champion
- 2-time Hart Trophy winner
- 3-time Art Ross Trophy winner
- Lady Byng Trophy winner
- Lester B. Patrick Trophy winner
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1983
The list goes on and on.
While no other candidate has come close to making the mark on Blackhawks history that Hull did, some other players have played successfully for Chicago wearing no. 9. Roy Conacher played for the Blackhawks from 1947-1952, totaling 227 points in 264 games. Conacher also represented Chicago in the 1948-49 All-Star game. That year he lead the entire league in scoring with 68 points.
Tod Sloan was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team along with Mr. Hull, and scored 34 points that season, along with another goal and assist in the playoffs. In his three years (196 games) with the Hawks, Sloan scored 136 points
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