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Blackhawks should retire Steve Larmer's No. 28

When the New York Rangers come to Chicago, No. 28 should be raised to the United Center's rafters.

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There are six. Only six Chicago Blackhawks numbers that have been retired and hung in the United Center rafters.

But there should be seven come next season.

The Hawks announced their 2016-17 regular-season schedule Tuesday, and they'll host the New York Rangers on Friday, Dec. 9, and they should retire Steve Larmer's No. 28 that night.

Larmer wore No. 28 from 1982-93 with the Hawks, not missing a game during 1980s. The Hawks knew Larmer would a special player after he scored 43 points and 90 points during his first professional season in 1982-83 and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as league's top rookie. At that time, he became just the sixth player in Hawks' history to win the award.

Following the 1992-93 season, Larmer joined the Rangers for the final two seasons of his career, winning the Stanley Cup in 1994 against Vancouver.

Here are a list of Larmer's credentials for jersey retirement:

Franchise all-time leader

  • Power-play goals (153)


  • 7th: Games played (891)
  • 3rd: Goals (406), only Bobby Hull (604) and Stan Mikita (406) have more
  • 5th: Assists (517)
  • 4th: Points (923)
  • 2nd: Game-winning goals (49)
  • 2nd: Shots (2,541)
  • 3rd: Short-handed goals (19), tied with Jeremy Roenick


  • 5th: Goals (45)
  • 4th: Assists (66), tied with Patrick Kane
  • 5th: Points (111)
  • 4th: Game-winning goals (6), tied with Denis Savard
  • 2nd: Power-play goals (18)