Saturday, October 19, 2013

100 Games, 100 Players: Number 8

I have a new project for this Blackhawks season: 100 Games, 100 Players! What I will be doing is after each of the first 100 Blackhawks I will be sharing my top 100 Blackhawks players of all-time by jersey number.

Rookie Brandon Pirri continues to impress as the forward scored another 2 points tonight (including his second career goal) to lead the Blackhawks over the Maple Leaves Leafs 3-1. The game started slow, but eventually the Hawks got on the board with a goal by Bryan Bickell. Following an score by Toronto's phenom Nazem Kadri, the Blackhawks answered with Michael Kostka's first goal in a Blackhawks uniform and Brandon Pirri's second, which was enough for the W.

Also of note, this morning the Hawks signed 6-8, 235 pound defenseman Viktor Svedberg, who will begin with the IceHogs in the AHL.

Number 8: Bill Mosienko

One of the original superstars in Blackhawks history, Bill Mosienko had an outstanding career in the black-and-red. Mosienko soent all 14 seasons of his NHL career with the Hawks, totaling 258 goals and 282 assists (540 points) in 710 games. Mosienko helped hockey gain popularity in Chicago with his play with the Bentley brothers in the 1940's and 50's. He also owns a very unique record that may never be broken: in 1952, Mosienko scored three goals in a 21-second span against the Rangers, good enough for the fastest hat trick in NHL history. Mosienko played in 5 NHL All-Star games and in 1965 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1994, he lost the battle with cancer at the age of 72.

Who Else?

Murray Balfour played right wing with the Hawks during their 1961 Stanley Cup championship, and scored 153 points in 286 games with the team.

Another member of the 1961 team, center Bill Hay notched 386 points in 8 seasons with the Blackhawks. He also won the Calder Trophy in 1960 and played in the 1960 and 1961 All-Star Games.

Nick Leddy has shown tremendous development over the past three years working with Duncan Keith and other Blackhawks vets, and played in every playoff game during last year's Stanley Cup run.

Defenseman Cam Russell played well defensively along the blue line for the better part of a decade and did a good job of enforcing his teammates.

Dave Manson was drafted in the first round by the Blackhawks in 1985, and spent 7 season with the team, accumulating over 1300 penalty minutes in that time.

The second-best #8 in team history, Jim Pappin played with the Blackhawks for 7 seasons, scoring 216 goals and 288 assists (444 points) in 488 games. Pappin played in 4 All-Star Games representing Chicago.

Do you agree with my choice? Is there another Blackhawks number 8 I should have mentioned? Let me know!


Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

1 comment:

  1. Hey Sean,
    sorry about the fact that this comment has nothing to do with the post, but I was wondering if you had any unsigned cards of current springfield falcons available for trade. shoot me an email,
    Thanks, Kyle