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We have made it to August, meaning next month is September. Do you know what happens in September? Training camp opens for the Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL. We are getting closer and closer to the return of hockey and the beginning of the Connor Bedard era!
So, let’s have some fun while we wait for the NHL to return to action with a weekly Blackhawks trivia game. I will ask you 10 questions about the storied past of our favorite hockey team. The game will be broken down into four segments. The first period will feature three easy questions to get warmed up. The second period will have three questions that will be more challenging. The third period will have three hard questions before we wrap up with one overtime question for the diehards.
Let’s see how you do!
First Period (Easy)
1. What Blackhawks center became famous for his “Spin-o-Rama” skating move?
2. Who won the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the most valuable player of the 2015 postseason?
3. The No. 3 is retired in honor of two players. Name them both.
Second Period (Medium)
1. How many Blackhawks have scored 50 goals in a season?
2. Who has the most penalty minutes in franchise history?
3. What team did Tony Amonte, who celebrated a birthday this week, begin his NHL career with?
Third Period (Hard)
1. What was Pit Martin’s real first name?
2. What defenseman had the only assist on Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Final?
3. Who was the first Blackhawk to win the Calder Trophy for being the NHL’s top rookie?
What number did Jeremy Roenick wear when he made his NHL debut in 1988?
1. Denis Savard
2. Duncan Keith. The Blackhawks defenseman sealed his legacy with his performance during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had three goals, including the game-winner in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, and 21 points in 23 games. He did all this while averaging an astonishing 31:07 of ice time per game.
3. Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson. The defensemen had their number raised to the United Center rafters on Nov. 12, 2008.
1. Three. Bobby Hull had five seasons of at least 50 goals, including a franchise record 58 in 1968-69. Roenick scored 53 goals during the 1991-92 season and added another 50 the following season. Al Secord hit the back of the net 54 times in 1982-83.
2. Chris Chelios. The hometown hero racked up 1,495 penalty minutes during his nine seasons in Chicago. He averaged 2:15 over penalty time per game in his 664 contests for the Blackhawks.
3. The New York Rangers. The Blue Shirts drafted Amonte in the fourth round (68th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Blackhawks with Matt Oates on March 21, 1994, for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan. He scored 268 goals and 541 points in 627 games before signing with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002.
1. Hubert. Martin was acquired from the Boston Bruins in the 1967 trade that sent Phil Esposito to Bean Town. He became a staple in the Blackhawks lineup, playing 740 games over 11 seasons. He scored 243 goals and 627 points before he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 1977 for Murray Bannerman.
2. Brian Campbell had the lone assist on one of the most memorable goals in franchise history.
3. Mike Karakas was the first of nine Blackhawks to win the award in 1936. The netminder posted a 1.85 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 48 games during his rookie season. He played eight years in Chicago and was in net for the 1938 Stanley Cup championship.
51. Roenick played 20 games during the 1988-89 season, scoring nine goals and 18 points.
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