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Denis Savard: A Brief Look Back

Denis Savard was one of the most dynamic players to ever lace up the skates. He was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He began his career during the 1980–81 NHL season in which he had three assists in his first game. He then went on to score 75 points as a rookie. That was just the start.  Take a look at the video below to see some of his highlights:

 

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.

2nd Annual Golf Classic: Rewind

Rewind to earlier in the summer and watch video highlights of The Denis Savard Foundation’s 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

All proceeds from the golf and auction items will benefit the following Chicagoland organizations:

 

To learn more about the event, please click here.

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.

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.

Denis Savard: Enduring Pain

In this video from BlackhawksTV’s Heritage Series, Savard explains how you need to learn how to endure pain to play the game of hockey.