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Denis to Appear on Comcast 12/21

Denis Savard will join the Comcast team on Wednesday 12/21 for pregrame and intermission coverage during the Chicago Blackhawks game.  The Blackhawks look to extend their league leading point total as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center.  Make sure to tune in!

Denis Savard’s Interview on Patrick Kane

“Watching Patrick Kane in action is one of the biggest thrills you can have watching hockey. There are plays he makes, even playing the game as long as I did and watching as many games as I have, that make me say, “How did he do that one?” He’s just fun to watch, simple as that. I absolutely enjoy going to games and watching him play; 20,000 fans at the United Center would agree with me.

People often say that Patrick and I play the game the same way, and that’s true, but in some ways I think playing today is a little harder. It’s not that in our day we weren’t good players, but today the guys on the ice are so much faster, stronger and bigger. Patrick is the same size I was in my playing days, but he still makes it look easy at times, even with a stiffer level of competition.”

Denis Savard

Read the full article at chicagoblackhawks.com.

Denis Makes An Appearance On The Red Carpet

Denis Savard makes an appearance on the Red Carpet before the Blackhawks 2011-2012 home opener at the United Center against the Dallas Stars. The Hawks went on to win the game 5-2. Check out the video to see what Denis had to say.

Painting The United Center

Denis Savard was on hand with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Viktor Stalberg and Marcus Kruger of the Blackhawks to help paint the Hawks logo on the ice at the United Center. The annual painting of the ice is a revered tradition and marks the start of the hockey season. Watch some highlights of the day below:

Unbelievable! Denis Savard in ’88

NHL.com has been taking a look back at some of the most memorable goals, dekes, and saves in NHL history. Below is an unbelievable goal from Denis Savard against the Edmonton Oilers in 1988, enjoy.

2nd Annual Golf Classic a Success!

The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange, IL was held on Monday, July 18th.  In its second year, the event drew many current NHL players including Patrick Kane, Brian Campbell, Bryan Bickell and Corey Crawford. Additionally, NHL alumni in attendance included Bobby Hull serving as the featured guest, Stan Mikita, Rick Tocchet, Gerry Cheevers and Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville. NBC color analyst Eddie Olcyzk served as the Master of Ceremonies.

All in attendance received an autographed Bobby Hull Blackhawks jersey and various other takeaways.  Additionally, live and silent auctions were held for various sports memorabilia including framed signed jerseys from Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Ed Belfour, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes and many more. All proceeds from the golf and auction items will benefit the following Chicagoland organizations:

Below are a few shots of the event with more to come.

The Dinner Hall

Denis with a great shot

Some of the items up for auction

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The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic was put on by Anything’s Possible Events.  For more information please call (708) 450-1710.

Most Exciting NHL Players Of All Time

NHL.com recently posted an article by John Kreiser, that listed the most exciting NHL players of all time, and Hall of Famer Denis Savard was on the list.  Below is the write up on Denis:

Denis Savard (1980-81 – 1996-97)

The NHL doesn’t allow do-overs in the draft. If it did, the Montreal Canadiens unquestionably would have wanted one in 1980.

The Canadiens had the first pick in the 1980 draft and picked Doug Wickenheiser, a big, powerful center from Regina. They passed over a speedy little center from Gatineau, Que., named Denis Savard, who went to Chicago with the third pick.

Wickenheiser went on to a serviceable NHL career — 111 goals and 276 points in 556 regular-season games. Savard had exceeded those scoring marks by the end of his fourth NHL season, by which time he already was one of the most exciting players in hockey history.

Savard may or may not have invented the spin-o-rama, a 360-degree spin and deke that usually left defensemen flat-footed, but he became the player most identified with it. The “Savardian Spin-o-rama” was part of an offensive arsenal that helped him pile up five 100-point seasons in his first eight seasons in Chicago that left baffled defensemen and frustrated goaltenders in his wake.

Ironically, Savard became a Canadien 10 years after being drafted — the Habs acquired him in a deal that sent Chicago native Chris Chelios to the Blackhawks — but his magic didn’t make the trip. Savard never again scored 30 goals or averaged a point a game. He made it back to Chicago in 1995 and finished his career with the Blackhawks, retiring with 473 goals, 1,338 points — and thousands of video clips of some of the most spectacular moves in NHL history.

Here is a short highlight video when he was introduced into the Hockey Hall of Fame:

To view the rest of the article and the other NHL all stars that topped the list, please click here.

Schedule for the 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

The Denis Savard Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.  The event will take place on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at the Edgewood Valley Country Club which is located at 7500 S. Willow Spring Road in La Grange, IL (view in Google maps).

CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC TIMELINE:

9:30 AM:                             Driving Range Opens & Registration Opens
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM:        Lunch
11:30 AM:                           Pairing Announcements
12:00 PM:                           Shotgun Start
5:00 PM:                             Cocktails
7:00 PM:                             Dinner/Program

CELEBRITIES:

-Bryan Bickle

-Stan Bowman

-Brian Campbell

-Gerry Cheevers

-Corey Crawford

-Adam Creighton

-Denis Cyr

-Eric Daze

-Michel Goulet

-Mike Haviland

-Bobby Hull

-Patrick Kane

-Reggie Kerr

-Mike Kitchen

-Steve Konroyd

-Cliff Koroll

-Marty LaPointe

-Dave Mackey

-Pete Mahovlich

-Peter Marsh

-Stan Mikita

-Grant Mulvey

-Troy Murray

-Jack O’Callahan

-Ed Olcyzk

-Brad Park

-Joel Quenneville

-Rick Tocchet

* Celebrity list is subject to change

The Celebrity Golf Classic will benefit the charities shown below:


The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic is sold out.  If you would like to donate or learn more about The Denis Savard Foundation, please read here.

 

Savard: Arriving to Chicago

In this video from BlackhawksTV’s Heritage Series, Denis Savard talks about arriving to Chicago after being drafted in the first round.

Denis Savard: Family Hockey

In this video from BlackhawksTV’s Heritage Series, Savard explains how he got started playing hockey with his brothers in Quebec.