The Chicago Blackhawks have had a lot of success over the years. They were different eras where the team struggled and there have been eras where they were awesome. Every now and then, a Hall of Fame player rolls through town to put on that sweater.
There are two new additions to the Hockey Hall of Fame that meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks while they were with them. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to wait an extra year to get in but they finally made it.
Doug Wilson was the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6th overall pick in the 1977 NHL Draft. He made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his 24th year of eligibility. That is far too long for a defenseman that was so good in the National Hockey League. Chicago was lucky to have him for 14 of his 16 NHL seasons.
Wilson had an incredible 237 goals and 590 assists for 827 points. He ranks, among defensemen, 12th in goals, 18th in assists, and 15th in points. He is truly one of the greats in not only Blackhawks history but NHL history. He won the Norris Trophy as a member of the Blackhawks in 1982. It is so nice to finally see him get in after all those elite years.
Marian Hossa chased that Stanley Cup around for a while. He came up just short in Pittsburgh and just short in Detroit before finally winning it with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Once he won that first, he decided he liked it so much that he helped them win two more to make it three in his career. He is the greatest free-agent signing in the history of Chicago sports.
Hossa’s final eight seasons came with the Hawks. Before that, he spent time with the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, and Pittsburgh Penguins. With those five teams, he scored 525 goals and 609 points for 1134 points.
In addition to all of those gaudy numbers, he was one of the greatest two-way forwards who ever lived. Most of the time, Selke Trophy winners are centers which is partially why Hossa never won it as a winger. He did receive votes for the award in 15 out of his 19 years which shows just how good he was defensively.
The Hockey Hall of Fame adding some Chicago Blackhawks flavor is always nice.
This is a great honor for two players who were so good for the Chicago Blackhawks during two completely different eras. There was a lot of scoring, a lot of good defensive play, and a lot of winning that came as a result of these two awesome players. They deserve every bit of recognition that they are getting with this honor.