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by Vince Maranto on 08/30/11 at 05:40 PM ET
Once again, while waiting for what seems to be forever for training camp to start, I was killing some time. While looking through the Hawks “All Time Statistics” I was actually a little surprised by some facts. Steve Larmer (Blackhawks from the 1980-1981 season through 1992-1993) ranks fourth on the list for scoring. Stan Mikita ranks number one, followed by Bobby Hull, and then Denis Savard. No real surprise there, I knew he was Top 5, at least. But when you actually start breaking down the numbers, a couple of things stuck out.
Steve played in 891 games (10 more than than Savard) while racking up 923 points (1,096 for Savvy). Larmer scored 406 goals (third highest on the Hawks) and had 517 assists (fourth best). He leads all right wingers, historically, for Chicago. Overall, he was a +182 in his career. Those figures weren’t kept back in Stosh & Bobby’s playing days.—- It would be interesting to see exactly when +/-, power play goals, short handed goals, and other stats became to be recorded. Another article I guess.
Since we’re on the subject, Larmer had 153 power play goals and found the back of the net 19 times while being short handed. Steve is also credited with 49 game winning goals. On the penalty side, he spent only 475 minutes in the box. These are some impressive numbers, but apparently not impressive enough to put him in the category with Mikita, Hull and Savard. All three of them have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the United Center.
Steve Larmer is, in my opinion, really (and NO ONE hates this term more than me) underrated as far as what he contributed to this team while he played. I think that a few of his numbers fall short, to mention him with the others. I just don’t think that overall he doesn’t get the credit he deserves and I wanted to point that out today. It just bothers me that you can have a career, with numbers like that on one team, and still not even be considered a house hold name. I know that the more avid Hawks fans know him, but not really beyond that. I am one fan of what he accomplished, and would be proud to sport his jersey at a game. As a matter of fact, I’m going to do that and have his jersey made. Wait, what was his number again….....
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