The Blackhawks Haven’t Had Many Patricks In Their History (Who Knew?)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For an Original Six franchise in a city with so much Irish history, the Chicago Blackhawks have a serious deficiency in the Patrick department. Seriously! When I wanted to put together a list of Blackhawks players who were named Patrick, the list was easy to start with Stapleton, 88 and 10.
But… wow. After that? The only one I could think of quickly was Patrick Poulin — because he was acquired in the Steve Larmer trade. After doing some research I don’t feel bad for not coming up with anyone else because there really haven’t been that many. In fact, including last names, there have only been seven players with the name Patrick.
Patrick Kane, RW — 1,161 games (2007-23), 446 goals, 779 assists
Patrick Sharp, C/LW — 749 games (2005-15, 2017-18), 249 goals, 283 assists
Pat Stapleton, D — 545 games (1965-73), 41 goals, 286 assists
Patrick Poulin, C — 131 games (1993-96), 34 goals, 36 assists
Pat Lundy, C — 61 games (1951), 9 goals, 9 assists
Pat Ribble, D — 35 games (1979-80), 2 goals, 5 assists
Pat Shea, D — 10 games (1932), 1 assist
A few fun notes on the “other Patricks” in Blackhawks history:
- In 99 years of handing out the award (assuming Connor McDavid wins it this year), Kane is the only Patrick to win the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.
- Kane is one of only two players named Patrick to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft (Patrik Stefan, 1999).
- Stapleton was an all-star three times with the Blackhawks and was a mainstay on the blue line in the back-half of the 1960s and start of the 70s. He and Bill White were the original Nos. 2-7 combo on the back end for the Blackhawks; they were also paired together on Canada’s roster at the 1972 Summit Series.
- Stapleton had three top-five finishes in Norris Trophy voting while with the Blackhawks (1966, 1971, 1972).
- Ribble was part of the big eight-player trade between the then-Atlanta Flames and Blackhawks that brought Tom Lysiak to Chicago and sent Phil Russel to Atlanta.
- In 1996, Poulin was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deal that brought Enrico Ciccone to Chicago.
- Lundy was a 22-year-old center on the 1946-47 Red Wings. His 34 points that year ranked fourth on the team, eight fewer than 21-year-old Ted Lindsay and 12 more than 18-year-old Gordie Howe.