Jeremy Roenick

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.

Why June 11 matters to the Blackhawks fan


Why June 11 matters to the Blackhawks fan

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.

As Patrick Kane approaches 300 career goals, Jeremy Roenick says he will be best Blackhawk ever

As Patrick Kane approaches 300 career goals, Jeremy Roenick says he will be best Blackhawk ever

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.