Comcast SportsNet will air the Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 20 between the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild/North Stars. To get you ready for the game, read more about these former Blackhawks below.
Denis Savard played for the Blackhawks during the heart of the team's rivalry with the North Stars, being a part of several brawls during countless meetings between the two of them, which even reached the point of benches clearing.
It remains one of the best rivalries in NHL history today.
The games were so physical and intense that Savard admitted players sometimes wouldn't get sleep the night before.
"Hard games," Savard said during a CSN roundtable discussion with Blackhawks alumni. "First of all, the night before the games you didn't sleep very good, I'll tell you that right now. ... You had to prepare, you knew it was going to be tough, and you were hoping you were going to come up on the right side of it at the end of the game."
Savard, who was the No. 3 overall pick in 1980 by the Blackhawks, was a nine-time All-Star throughout his 17-year NHL career. He spent more than 12 seasons in Chicago, where he ranks third in franchise history with 1,096 points (377 goals and 719 assists) in 881 regular-season games.
He also appeared in 131 playoff games, scoring 61 goals and 84 assists for 145 points, which ranks second-best in franchise history.
Savard was named head coach by the Blackhawks in 2006, and led the team to its first 40-win season in six years. He currently serves as a team ambassador.
Check out the full rosters below.
|D Adrian Aucoin||D Fred Barrett (North Stars)|
|G Murray Bannerman||G Don Beaupre (North Stars)|
|D Ed Belfour||F Brian Bellows (North Stars)|
|F Dave Christian||D Brad Bombardir (Wild)|
|F Denis Cyr||F Neal Broten (North Stars)|
|F Eric Daze||F Andrew Brunette (Wild)|
|F Reggie Kerr||F Jack Carlson (North Stars)|
|D Steve Konroyd||D Jon Casey (North Stars)|
|F Cliff Koroll||F Dino Ciccarelli (North Stars)|
|F Dave Mackey||F Jim Dowd (Wild)|
|F Peter Marsh||D Curt Giles (North Stars)|
|F Grant Mulvey||D Craig Hartsburg (North Stars)|
|F Troy Murray||F Darby Hendrickson (Wild)|
|F Brian Noonan||F Antti Laaksonen (Wild)|
|D Jack O'Callahan||D Reed Larson (North Stars)|
|F Eddie Olczyk||F Dennis Maruk (North Stars)|
|F Jeremy Roenick||D Brad Maxwell (North Stars)|
|D Phil Russell||F Basil McRae (North Stars)|
|F Denis Savard||G Gilles Meloche (North Stars)|
|F Reid Simpson||F Mike Modano (North Stars)|
|G Jimmy Waite||F Richard Park (Wild)|
|F Steve Payne (North Stars)|
|F Willi Plett (North Stars)|
|D Gordie Roberts (North Stars)|
|F Bobby Smith (North Stars)|
|F Wes Walz (Wild)|
|F Tom Younghans (North Stars)|
Check back for more alumni player profiles leading up to the game.