Chicago Blackhawks Captains

Here are the 34 captains in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks:

Dick Irvin: 1926-29
Duke Dutkowski: 1929-30
Ty Arbor: 1930-31
Cyclone Wentworth: 1931-32
Helge Bostrom: 1932-33
Charlie Gardiner: 1933-34

John Gottselig: 1935-40
Earl Seibert: 1940-42
Doug Bentley: 1940-42
Clint Smith: 1944-45
John Mariucci: 1945-46, 1947-48
Red Hamill: 1946-47
Gaye Stewart: 1948-49
Jack Stewart: 1950-52
Bill Gadsby: 1952-54
Gus Mortson: 1954-57
Ed Litzenberger: 1958-61
Pierre Pilote: 1961-68

Pat Stapleton: 1969-70
Pit Martin: 1975-77
Stan Mikita: 1975-77
Keith Magnuson: 1976-80
Terry Ruskowski: 1979-82
Darryl Sutter: 1982-87
Bob Murray: 1985-86
Denis Savard: 1988-89
Dirk Graham: 1988-95

Chris Chelios: 1995-99
Doug Gilmour: 1999-2000
Tony Amonte: 2000-02
Alex Zhamnov: 2002-04
Adrian Aucoin: 2005-07
Martin Lapointe: 2005-07
Jonathan Toews: 2008-

3 Responses to Chicago Blackhawks Captains

  1. Mark says:

    Assuming Jonathan, at the least, only plays out the remainder of his contract, won’t that make him the longest tenured captain in team history?

  2. richie hadard says:

    Don’t understand who was captain from 1970-75?. Mags overlaps two years?:
    Pat Stapleton: 1969-70
    Pit Martin: 1975-77
    Stan Mikita: 1975-77
    Keith Magnuson: 1976-80
    Terry Ruskowski: 1979-82
    Darryl Sutter: 1982-87

  3. Chris Carpenter says:

    The reason the Blackhawks did not have a Captain 70-71 to 74-75 was because of political climate created by the WHA.

    Pat Stapleton had the nerve to hold out for more money before the 1970-1971 season so the Blackhawks decided to punish the all star defense man by stripping him of being captain for 1970-1971.

    May 7, 1973 Sports Illustrated wrote:

    “There is a strong possibility that the 32-year-old Stapleton will not play for them next season. His relationship with Chicago management deteriorated after Coach Billy Reay snipped the captain’s C from his jersey three years ago when he had the audacity to hold out for a better contract. Early this season Reay suddenly benched Stapleton and began to play some of his rookie defensemen alongside White. But without Stapleton in the lineup the Black Hawks were listless. Finally, Center Stan Mikita, the team’s senior citizen, publicly criticized the benching of Stapleton, and almost immediately Reay restored him to his regular role.”

    http://si.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1087327/index.htm

    Blackhawks were afraid of other players speaking out and just decided not to have a captain for a few years.

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