I can’t lie–the last few days have been brutal with some of the Puckdoku and the teams matching up on the grid. A few I really had to think–a few I was absolutely wrong. Like many, I try to work backwards with players I knew and where they ended up instead of just with the Blackhawks or the specific team that shows up on the grid.
A look at a few as the Puckdoku craze continues.
I’m all but ducking as I write this one because I know why he’s remembered by the majority of Blackhawks fans. The turnover against Vancouver in overtime of Game 7 rescued the Canucks from a fate that likely would have forever haunted their franchise. Up 3-0 in the series, the Blackhawks clawed back to even it up and forced overtime in that game. Unfortunately for them and Campoli, an ill advised clear went right to Alex Burrows who buried the goal and any chance at the Blackhawks defending their Stanley Cup title.
Campoli would play one more NHL season with Montreal before finishing his career overseas.
Other Teams: New York Islanders; Ottawa Senators; Montreal Canadiens
One of the more famed lines of the lowly Blackhawks teams in the 2000’s was the ABC line featuring Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell, and Calder. He’d see his career high, also the apex of it, he had 26 goals and 59 points. Calder went to arbitration, the Hawks matched accepted the deal and then traded him to Philadelphia four days later.
He’d be traded back to Chicago at the trade deadline seven months later before being shipped to Detroit almost immediately after. He’d never come close to the numbers he posted in the 2005-06 season and would be out of the league at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.
Other teams; Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings; Anaheim Ducks
Eastwood was likely known more to Blackhawks fans as a St. Louis Blue, but he took a single season lap with the Hawks in 2002-03. It wasn’t very memorable but it was one where Eastwood chipped in as his career was closing out. He’d play one final season with Pittsburgh before hanging up his skates.
Other teams: Toronto Maple Leafs; Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes; New York Rangers; St. Louis Blues; Pittsburgh Penguins
Previous Puckdoku Profiles: (Denis DeJordy; Sergei Krivokrasov; Paul Coffey) | (Eddie Olczyk, Marc Bergevin, Bob Sauvé) | The Blackhawks Nemeses: Ciccarelli and Torres | Blackhawks Record Holders | 4 Blasts from the Past | 3 Blackhawks Netminders from the 90s and 2000s