Bobby Hull

These four legends make up the Blackhawks Mount Rushmore

These four legends make up the Blackhawks Mount Rushmore

Who is the Greatest of All Time? Inspired by Sunday Night Football's promo featuring Bulls legend Michael Jordan, we've put together a Mount Rushmore of the greatest players in the history of all five of Chicago's teams. These are Chicago's GOATs.

There have been many Hall of Fame players to don an Indianhead sweater over the course of the Blackhawks' 92-year Original Six history, making it difficult to single out only four players for this exercise. But these are the four that immediately come to mind when factoring in just how much each of them impacted the franchise upon their arrivals.

Stan Mikita

Nobody resembled what it means to be a Blackhawk better than "Stosh." He spent 22 seasons in the NHL and all of them came in an Indianhead sweater for a total of 1,551 games, including playoffs. His 1,467 points ranks first in franchise history along with his 150 points in the postseason. Mikita is a two-time Hart Trophy winner, two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, four-time Art Ross Trophy winner, a nine-time All-Star and helped lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in 1961. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

Bobby Hull

Known as "The Golden Jet" for his ability to skate like the wind, Hull became the first player in Blackhawks history to score at least 50 goals in a season during the 1961-62 campaign and would end up doing it four more times in his 15 years in Chicago. Hull sits atop the franchise leaderboard in goals (604), game-winning goals (98) and ranks second in games played (1,036). He and Mikita teammed up to lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 1961 and their contributions to the team led to the organization putting statues of the two legends outside the United Center. 

Jonathan Toews

Drafted third overall by the Blackhawks in 2006, it didn't take long for the organization to realize they had selected a franchise-changing player. Toews was named the youngest captain in Blackhawks history on July 18, 2008 at 20 years and 79 days, which was the third-youngest in NHL history at the time. He's scored at least 20 goals in each of his first 11 seasons with the Blackhawks, but has also been a consistent finalist for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward and won it 2012-13. Toews etched his place in Blackhawks history when he compiled 29 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 22 postseason contests in 2010 to help the Blackhawks break a 49-year Stanley Cup drought and was awarded the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP. He's the only captain in Blackhawks history to hoist the Stanley Cup multiple times (three).

Patrick Kane

The Blackhawks have held the No. 1 overall pick just once in team history, which came in 2007. And they haven't looked back since after selecting Kane, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2008. He already ranks fifth in franchise history with 846 points, fourth in postseason points with 123 and is tied with Hull and Mikita for most game-winning goals in Blackhawks playoff history with 11, which has included a Stanley Cup-clinching overtime winner and a double overtime winner to send Chicago back to the Stanley Cup Final. After a history 106-point season in 2015-16, Kane became the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy since Stan Mikita did it in 1967-68. He has consistently delivered in the biggest moments, which has led to three Stanley Cups for the Blackhawks in a six-year span from 2010-15, which included a Conn Smythe Trophy for the Buffalo native in 2013. Kane is arguably the clutchest player in Blackhawks history. One day, Kane and Toews will have statues just like Hull and Mikita.

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Eddie Olczyk, Bobby Hull, Jeremy Roenick highlight former players at 2018 Blackhawks Convention

Eddie Olczyk, Bobby Hull, Jeremy Roenick highlight former players at 2018 Blackhawks Convention

The Blackhawks will host a sizable group of alumni at the 11th annual Blackhawks Convention this weekend at the Hilton Chicago.

Eddie Olczyk, Bobby and Dennis Hull, Jeremy Roenick, Denis Savard and Chris Chelios are some of the former players highlighting the event, starting on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. on NBC Chicago’s “Blackhawks Convention Opening Ceremonies.”

Blackhawks broadcaster Olczyk, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs game Tuesday night in anticipation of the convention. The 1994 Stanley Cup winner announced he was cancer-free in March, making his appearance even more special.

Roenick, a Blackhawks all-time top 10 goal scorer (267) and points leader (596), will take part in the weekend for the first time.

“I think early that maybe the relationship wasn’t strong enough,” Roenick said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “… And I think going to the convention is so important to the city and so important to the franchise in terms of what they do for people in the city.”

Chelios will be introduced as the newest team ambassador this weekend. The Blackhawks announced Monday morning that the Hall of Fame defenseman is once again a member of the organization.

“To be able to join the Blackhawks organization in this role means everything to me,” Chelios said about his new position. “… Chicago is my hometown and returning to this organization is very special to me and my family.”

The list of past Blackhawks players who will also be present includes Bryan Bickell, Adam Burish, Brian Campbell, Eric Daze, Ben Eager, Tony Esposito, Colin Fraser, Stu Grimson, Steve Larmer, Jamal Mayers, Troy Murray, Bernie Nicholls, Phil Russell and Patrick Sharp.

John Scott, the controversial NHL All-Star who had only registered one point with the Arizona Coyotes leading up to his fan vote selection during the 2015-16 season, will also be a fun player in attendance. He only notched two points in 69 games with Chicago.

The present players and staff members attending the gathering feature Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and head coach Joel Quenneville, among others.

According to the Blackhawks, fans can interact with these ex-members, current players, coaches and team executives through activities like autograph and photo sessions.

Blackhawks convention attendees announced, including captain Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks convention attendees announced, including captain Jonathan Toews

It was a disappointing season to say the least for the Blackhawks this past year, as nine straight playoff appearances came to an end. But the Hawks and Hawks fans alike are beginning their countdown to a new season. And a big moment will come the last weekend of July.

The Blackhawks Twitter page announced all the attendees for their annual Blackhawks Convention; the list includes captain Jonathan Toews.

The convention is being held at the Hilton Chicago July 27-29, and it will not only include Toews but several current players, alumni, coaches and broadcasters.

The weekend will include numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits, interactive games and much more.

Some current players attending are: Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Nick Schmaltz and Artem Anisimov.

The alumni list includes: Bryan Bickell, Adam Burish, Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard and many others.

The legendary voices of the Blackhawks, TV play-by-play man Pat Foley and radio announcer John Wiedeman will also be in attendance.

The season is still a couple months away for the Blackhawks, whose home opener is Oct. 7 against Toronto. They start the campaign with two games on the road, with Ottawa first in line (Oct. 4), then the St. Louis Blues (Oct. 6).