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.
Patrick Kane's career to this point has already cemented him as one of the best Blackhawks ever, but former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick thinks Kane will stand alone in Blackhawk history by the time he hangs up the skates.
Roenick made a guest appearance on Intermission Live during the first intermission of Sunday's 4-1 Blackhawks win against the Wild, a game in which Kane scored two goals to bring his career total to 299 and move into fifth place in Blackhawks history in goal scored. During the interview, Roenick had plenty of praise for No. 88.
Host Pat Boyle told Roenick that Denis Savard thinks Kane will be the best Blackhawk ever and Roenick agreed.
"I say 100 percent of that," Roenick said. "I say that only because you look at the dynamics of the way this guy plays, you see the way he scares the bejeezes out of other defensemen on other teams, three Stanley Cups, the points that he's putting up, he's going to go down as the best American with Mike Modano."
Kane scored a goal in each of the first two periods on Sunday to give the Blackhawks a fifth straight win. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season to lead the Blackhawks in both categories. The milestones are falling and more are approaching. Not only is Kane one goal away from 300 for his career, but he is approaching 500 career assists (currently at 487) and 800 career points (currently at 786). He's 29 and showing no sign of slowing down so the milestones should continue to fall, thus making Roenick's argument that he could finish his career as the best ever.
Roenick's predictions didn't stop there. He continued to say Kane and Toews will be honored in another way.
"He's going to have a statue, along with Jonathan Toews, out there on Madison Avenue at one point in their careers, in their lives," Roenick said. "It's well deserved because they really took this organization that was sputtering and have turned it into the best organization in all of sports. They deserve a lot of credit and they will go down as one of the best Hawks ever."
See the video above to watch Roenick's comments.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle takes the show on the road to Jeremy Roenick’s first ever Hockey School. A trio of Blackhawks & USA Hockey legends join the podcast: Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Kane and Chris Chelios.
They all share camp stories from when they were kids and how the youth talent level in the Chicagoland area has improved during the Hawks recent Cup runs.
Kane tells us if Panarin has responded to his post trade text and JR lets us know how the Breadman’s departure is not easy on Patrick.
They also discuss the crossroads the Hawks are at this season and Kane explains how it can’t be the core players and young guys this season, it needs to be a total team effort
Listen to the full podcast here: