Happy Birthday, Denis Savard!

On Feb. 4, 2020, Denis Savard celebrates his 59th birthday. He was born in Pointe Gatineau, Quebec.

Savard was the third overall selection in the 1980 NHL Draft. That was one of the best draft classes in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago also selected center Troy Murray (57th overall), Carey Wilson (67th overall) and Steve Larmer (120th overall).

Only four players from the 1980 draft class appeared in more games than Savard (1,196): Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey, Craig Ludwig and Jari Kurri.

Only Coffey and Kurry had more career points than Savard (1,338) from that NHL draft.

Here’s where Savard ranks in Blackhawks history:

  • Assists: 2nd (719) – behind only Mikita
  • Points: 3rd (1,096) – behind Mikita and B. Hull
  • Goals: 5th (377) – behind B. Hull, Mikita, Larmer and Kane
  • Game-Winning Goals: 6th (46) – behind B. Hull, Mikita, Toews, Kane and Larmer
  • Power Play Goals: 6th (101) – behind Larmer, B. Hull, Mikita, Roenick and Kane
  • Short-Handed Goals: 10th (15)
  • Games Played for Chicago: 12th (881)

11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Denis Savard!

  1. One the greats for sure, skill to burn, when he went to Montreal, the term Savardian spinorama was coined by announcer Danny Gallivan. Happy Birthday. I thought Ray Bourque was same draft, was wrong obviously.

  2. He centered arguably the best line in history.Savard-Larmer-Secord.Great to see him remain a part of the Chicago Blackhawk Organization.Happy Birthday Sabafare!

  3. Just realized in your picture, Wilson in bsckground and Joe Reekie who finished his career with Chicago, the Isles defenseman.

  4. Savy!!! Happy bday! He had the brilliant idea to make Big BUFF play a little power forward before Coach Q did the same in the playoffs!
    SavoirFaire!

  5. Looking forward to lacing up my skates against him in the Legends Cup again….had a great time playing against him last year and never know….might be on his team this year. Anyone else on this site play last year ??

  6. Happy Bday Dennis from the guy who imitated you long ago. Add buff and hull could be the makings of a strong playoff team. Wrote this on the last one as well.

    I have said this before NJ traded Hall to AZ. If AZ is willing to trade him, I would inquire if I was stan.

    There would be the lines:
    Kub/Toews/Kaggs
    Kane/Dach/Saad
    Dcat/Strome/Hall
    Knapf/Carp/Smith or whoever.

    That could be an awesome 4 lines rolling

  7. One of the greats for sure

    I particularly remember the playoff he had when reacquired from TB at or near the TDL – it was like he had drunk from the fountain of youth

    Hbd Savvy!

  8. Carpenter,Smith,Kamph an awesome line???Wow.I had to read that a couple of times.I also would ask.who is going to check anyone on the proposed Strome Debrincat Hall line?

  9. Denis and I are the same age. I’ve had a few favorite Blackhawks through the years but only one hero. I chose well, but only because he made it so. Great person, great player. Happy 59th Savoir-Faire

  10. Really proud of these coming back/remaining with the organization. Same with the nibs like 22 38 51 46 10 81.

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