Six Former Blackhawks Have Their Jerseys Hanging In The Rafters Of The United Center

If you ever get the chance to visit the United Center just look up. These are the men who wore those hockey sweaters.

#1. Glenn Hall

Hall played with Chicago from 1957-1967. As a Blackhawk he had a record of 275-229-106. Those 275 wins included 51 shutouts. He also started every game in goal during the 12 game playoff run of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team.

As a Hawk he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender both in 1963 and 1967. Also while with the Blackhawks he was a first team all-star five times: 1958, ’60, ’63, ’64, and ’66 and a second teamer three times in ’61, ’62, and ’67.

Hall was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. His number was retired by the Blackhawks on November 20, 1988 at Chicago Stadium.

#3. Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson

Pilote played on the Blackhawks team from 1955-1968. He had 3 goals and 12 assists in 12 games during the 1961 playoffs. He is currently sixth in playoff history with 52 career assists.

He was a first team all-star for five years in a row from 1963-’67 and voted onto the second team three times (’60-’62). From 1963-1965 he won the James Norris Trophy as the leagues best defenseman. He also played in 376 consecutive games between 1956 and 1961.

Pilote was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Blackhawks retired his number in the United Center on November 12, 2008. He shared that ceremony with Keith Magnuson.

Magnuson played his entire career, from 1969- 1980, with Chicago. He wore the captain’s ‘C’ from 1976- 1980 and made two all-star game appearances.

Keith had an astonishing +170 plus/minus ratio for his career. He also scored 14 goals with 125 assists in 589 games. He was most well known as the protector to Chicago’s main stars throughout the decade of the seventies. He had 1,442 penalty minutes, most of those for fighting.

Magnuson was killed in an auto accident on December 15th, 2003. Blackhawk fans across the country were devastated.

#9. Bobby Hull

       Hull played 15 years with the Blackhawks between 1957 and 1972. He is arguably the best left winger to ever don an NHL jersey, having scored at least 50 goals in a season five different times with Chicago.

He won the Art Ross Trophy as the leagues point leader in 1960, ’62, and ’66. He also won the Hart Memorial MVP Trophy in both 1965 and 1966 as well as the Lady Bying Trophy for sportsmanship in ’65.

His 604 goals are the most in team history, including 13 straight years with at least 30 goals. In 1966 he became the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season. He is also 2nd to Stan Mikita on the team in games played with 1,153.

In fifteen years Bobby was named as a first team all-star 10 times and a second team all-star twice. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983 and his number was retired at Chicago Stadium on December 18, 1983.

#18. Denis Savard

Savard wore the Indian head jersey for 12 of his 17 NHL seasons. He is 4th all time in goals with 377 and 2nd in assists with 719. In 131 playoff games with Chicago he has 61 goals and 84 assists.

Denis became only the second Hawk ever to get more than 100 points in a season when he scored 119 in the 1981- ’82 season. He also holds the team’s single season record with 131 points in ’87-’88 and the single season record for assists with 87 in ’81-’82 and again in ’87-’88.

Three different times as a Blackhawk Savard scored over 100 points in a season. He made 7 all-star games and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. His number was raised to the rafters of the United Center on March 19, 1998.

#21. Stan Mikita

Mikita was the first Czech born player in  the NHL and played all 22 seasons of his illustrious career in Chicago. He was also a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team and still holds some team records.

He is the all-time team leader in points with 1,467 and in games played at 1,394. He is also the only player in NHL history to win the Art Ross, Hart Memorial, and Lady Bying trophies in the same year, doing so in both 1967 and 1968. He also won the Ross two other times in ’64 and ’65.

Stan is the all-time team leader in assists with 926 and is second to Bobby Hull in goals with 541. He was named as a 1st team all-star six different times, in 1962-’64  and 1966-’68. He wore the ‘C’ as captain in the ’66-’67 and the ’67-’68 seasons.

Mikita was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1983 and was the first Blackhawk to have his number retired. His #21 was so honored at Chicago Stadium on October 19th, 1980.

#35. Tony Esposito

Tony “O” played 15 of his 16 seasons with Chicago, from 1969-1984. His nickname has not as much to do with the letters in his name as it does with his propensity to shut out his opponents. He is still the Blackhawks all-time leader in shutouts with 74 and had an NHL record of 15 in one season (1969-’70).

He is a three time winner of the Vezina Trophy (1970, ’72, ’74) as the league’s top goaltender and also won the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 1970. He was named a 1st team all-star in 1970, ’72, and 1980 and a second teamer in 1973 and ’74.

Esposito has the most wins in team history with 418. He also has seven consecutive seasons with at least 30 wins (1969-1976). Tony was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and his number was retired by the organization with a ceremony at Chicago Stadium on November 20th, 1988.

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