The Game of Numbers is an exclusive THW series looking at upcoming milestones around the NHL. Each team will be looked at individually in three parts – individual player milestones, franchise player milestones, and players that rank in the top 100 in NHL history in any big statistical category.
Chicago has seen numerous successes in the past few years – having won two Stanley Cups in the last five seasons. During that time, the Blackhawks have built a competitive team with names like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa leading the way. This past offseason, Chicago also added veteran Brad Richards to an already all-star lineup in the hopes of finding their way back to the Cup Finals.
With all these veterans and star players, it’s only fitting that the Blackhawks’ players are in constant search of individual and franchise milestones – with some even finding their way onto the NHL’s all-time lists.
Chicago Blackhawks’ Individual Milestones
Most of the Blackhawks’ players have played a few seasons already in the NHL. With that, comes milestones. While Chicago’s veterans will look to improve on their individual marks, players like Antti Raanta and Jeremy Morin are looking to make their presence felt with their NHL club.
- 1,200 games played: Marian Hossa (1,172)
- 900 games played: Michal Rozsival (890)
- 800 games played: Duncan Keith (766), Brent Seabrook (763)
- 600 games played: Patrick Kane (576), Jonathan Toews (565)
- 500 games played: Kris Versteeg (473), Niklas Hjalmarsson (469)
- 400 games played: Bryan Bickell (359)
- 300 games played: Andrew Desjardins (285), Marcus Kruger (272), Corey Crawford (268)
- 100 games played: Joakim Nordstrom (54)
- 500 goals: Marian Hossa (486)
- 100 goals: Duncan Keith (75), Brent Seabrook (71), Michal Rozsival (66), Bryan Bickell (65), Andrew Shaw (56)
- 600 assists: Marian Hossa (570)
- 400 assists: Patrick Kane (352)
- 300 assists: Jonathan Toews (283)
- 200 assists: Kris Versteeg (159)
- 100 assists: Niklas Hjalmarsson (85), Bryan Bickell (68), Marcus Kruger (54)
- 1,100 points: Marian Hossa (1,056)
- 600 points: Patrick Kane (557)
- 300 points: Michal Rozsival (293), Kris Versteeg (275)
- 100 points: Marcus Kruger (81), Andrew Desjardins (50)
Chicago Blackhawks’ Franchise Milestones
Being one of the Original Six teams in the National Hockey League means having a storied history. Along with historical moments, are franchise milestones – benchmarks set by former players that act as a ceiling for current players to strive for. With both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane signing long-term deals with Chicago, the focus turns to them in their pursuit of franchise milestones. With guys like Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita leading the way in Chicago’s all-time stats, Kane and Toews are on their way up the franchise all-time lists.
- Duncan Keith (766) needs 1 game played to pass Kenny Wharram (766) for 13th on the team’s all-time list.
- Brent Seabrook (763) needs 4 games played to pass Duncan Keith and Kenny Wharram (766) for 13th on the team’s all-time list.
- Corey Crawford (268) needs 21 games played to pass Murray Bannerman (288) for 8th on the team’s all-time goalie list.
- Jonathan Toews (223) needs 3 goals to pass Doug Wilson (225) for 13th on the team’s all-time list.
- Patrick Kane (205) needs 3 goals to pass Eric Nesterenko (207) for 19th on the team’s all-time list.
- Patrick Kane (352) needs 31 assists to pass Robert Murray (382) for 9th on the team’s all-time list.
- Duncan Keith (340) needs 3 assists to pass Dennis Hull (342) for 11th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonathan Toews (283) needs 2 assists to pass Alexei Zhamnov (284) for 19th on the team’s all-time list.
- Patrick Kane (557) needs 40 points to pass Jeremy Roenick (596) for 8th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonathan Toews (506) needs 6 points to pass Patrick Sharp (511) for 15th on the team’s all-time list.
- Patrick Kane (62) needs 4 powerplay goals to pass Patrick Sharp (65) for 6th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonathan Toews (56) needs 7 powerplay goals to pass Al Secord, Eric Daze and Patrick Kane (62) for 7th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonathan Toews (43) needs 4 game-winning goals to pass Denis Savard (46) for 2nd on the team’s all-time list.
- Patrick Kane (35) needs 4 game-winning goals to pass Patrick Sharp and Jeremy Roenick (38) for 5th on the team’s all-time list.
- Marian Hossa (20) needs 3 game-winning goals to pass Alexei Zhamnov (22) for 18th on the team’s all-time list.
- Corey Crawford (147) needs 55 wins to pass Ed Belfour (201) for 3rd on the team’s all-time list.
- Corey Crawford (12) needs 2 shutouts to pass Denis DeJordy (13) for 9th on the team’s all-time list.
‘Top 100’ Milestones
Marian Hossa is a player who’s found his success flying under the radar. Chicago is the fifth team that Hossa’s played for in his career (others include the Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, and Red Wings) and he seems to have found a home with the Blackhawks.
At the age of 35, he’s one of 81 players who’ve scored over 1,000 points in their NHL career – and ranks among the top 100 in several offensive categories.
- Hossa (486) needs 5 goals to pass Norm Ullman (490) for 45th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hossa (570) needs 1 assist to pass Frank Mahovlich (570) for 92nd on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hossa (1,056) needs 8 points to pass Joe Mullen and Pat Verbeek (1,063) for 64th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hossa (136) needs 3 powerplay goals to pass Ilya Kovalchuk (138) for 60th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hossa (30) needs 2 shorthanded goals to pass Bill Barber and Mats Sundin (31) for 18th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hossa (76) needs 2 game-winning goals to pass Bill Guerin and Dave Andreychuk (77) for 30th on the NHL’s all-time list.
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Eastern Conference: BOS | BUF | CAR | CLB | DET | FLA | MTL | NJD | NYI | NYR | OTT | PHI | PIT | TBL | TOR | WSH
Western Conference: ANA | ARZ | CAL | CHI | COL | DAL | EDM | LAK | MIN | NSH | SJS | STL | VAN | WPG
NOTE: The ‘Game of Numbers’ series is subject to updates as the 2014-15 season progresses. Individual marks will only appear if the player is within 50 of the specific statistical milestone, while franchise marks only recognize the top 20 in club history.
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