The 4 Chicago Blackhawks With 100 Point NHL Seasons
The Chicago Blackhawks entered the National Hockey League for the 1926-27 season. It was a major expansion year for the league with the New York Rangers and Detroit Cougars (later renamed Red Wings) also joining. At that time, the league consisted of ten teams.
The Blackhawks have seen many highs and lows, as any team that has been around for nearly nine decades would. Many great players have come and gone. Just four of those players were able to produce 100 or more points in a single regular season. Two of those players achieved the feat on more than one event.
Bobby Hull was the first Chicago player to top 100 points. In 1968-69, Hull scored 58 goals and additional 49 assists for 107 points in 74 games. At the time, the 58 goals was an NHL record. Bobby finished second in the league, behind Phil Esposito’s 126 points. Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings also topped 100 that season. These were the first three times the 100 point obstacle had ever been broken in the NHL.
Hull played for the Blackhawks from 1957-58 to 1971-72. It was the only time he surpassed 100 points in the NHL but he did it four times in the World Hockey Association with the Winnipeg Jets.
Denis Savard became the second Chicago player to top 100 points with 119 in 1981-82. It was his first of five such performances during his days with the Blackhawks. His 131 points in 1987-88 stand as a team record today. Twice, Savard finished third in the race for the Art Ross Trophy. In 1982-83, his 121 points placed behind just Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers and Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques. His team record setting season of 1987-88 saw him finish behind Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Gretzky.
Denis played two stints with Chicago, from 1980-81 to 1989-90 and from 1994-95 to 1996-97. The 1980 third overall pick of the Blackhawks played a total of 1,196 regular season NHL games and totaled 1,338 points.
Steve Larmer squeaked over the 100 point plateau in 1990-91 with 101. He scored 44 and assisted on 57 in 80 games to place tenth in the league. Larmer was originally a sixth round pick of the Blackhawks in 1980, 120th overall. In 1982-83, he earned the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie with a 90 point performance over 80 games. Steve played a total of 1,006 NHL regular season games over his career with the Blackhawks and New York Rangers.
In 1993-94, Jeremy Roenick was the last Chicago player to top 100 points with 107. It marked his third season in a row topping the plateau and his second consecutive 107 point season. In 1991-92, he reached 103 points and tied for seventh in the NHL with Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings. The following season, his 107 points didn’t already place him in the top 10. In 1993-94, J.R. finished tied for fifth with Mark Recchi of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pavel Bure of the Vancouver Canucks.
Roenick was the eighth overall pick at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Blackhawks. He played over 1,300 games in the NHL and contributed 1,216 points with the Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.