June 11 is a day to remember for Blackhawks fans. And Blackhawks legends Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick likely have fond memories of the day as well.
In the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks took Savard in the first round with the third overall pick. Savard tallied 28 goals and collected 47 assists in 76 games in his rookie season. He played 10 straight seasons with the Blackhawks until he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Chris Chelios and a second-round pick.
Savard then eventually played with the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons.
The Blackhawks have had a history of reacquiring former players and Savard's second go-around with the club might be one of the more notable transactions in that category. The Blackhawks acquired Savard from Tampa Bay in 1995. He then played three more seasons with the Blackhawks before retiring in 1997. He briefly coached the Blackhawks from 2006-09 and eventually was replaced by current Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
In 13 seasons, Savard appeared in seven All-Star Games, won a Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Canadiens and complied 473 goals, 865 assists and 1,338 points. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2000 as a player.
The Blackhawks took Roenick with the eighth overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
Roenick played eight seasons with the Blackhawks before being traded to the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes, tallying 267 goals and 329 assists. His best years with the Blackhawks came when he recorded over 40 goals and 50 assists from 1990-94.
In 2009, Roenick announced his retirement after 20 seasons, while having stops with the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Roenick played in nine All-Star Games while also joining the 500-goal club in 2007. Roenick tallied 513 goals, 703 assists and 1,216 points in 1,363 career games.
With the 2018 NHL draft taking place in less than two weeks in Dallas, we’ll see if the Blackhawks can draft yet another talented prospect like they did on this date.