The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League franchise that has some really fun history. There have been great players and great moments that are worth celebrating when the time is right. Lately, the franchise has been very bad but not long before that was the stuff of legends.
The Boston Bruins just retired Willie O’Ree’s number 22 on Tuesday night. It was a very important ceremony for a very important player. O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier when he became the first black player to ever suit up in an NHL game. He deserves all of the praise that someone can get.
It might not be that long before the Blackhawks retire a few numbers. They won’t be retiring anyone’s number for as impactful of reasons as O’Ree but they are still special in their own way. They have won the Stanley Cup three times from 2010 to 2015 and hockey legends were born.
There are some players from that core that won the Cup that will come just short of an honor like this but that doesn’t make them any less important to the success. There are also some players that were so good that they are going to have their names and numbers hanging from the rafters of the United Center forever.
There are three Chicago Blackhawks that will have their number retired.
There are some good candidates for this honor but three of them stand out above the rest. There are two forwards and one defenseman that stands out as players that did most (if not all) of their damage in a Blackhawks sweater and will receive that honor: