The Chicago Blackhawks will launch "One More Shift," an ode to past alumni that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice, when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard will be the first honoree to join the 2016-17 team on the ice during the anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Sunday. In addition to skating on the ice in full gear, in-arena elements will also feature Savard and the era he played in. Future honorees will be announced at a later date.
"The Chicago Blackhawks have such a rich history and this is an opportunity to again recognize and honor these great players," said Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk. "Many of our fans remember watching these players during their playing days, but it is important for their stories to continue to be told to current and future generations of Blackhawks fans."
Savard played 12 seasons of his 17-year National Hockey League career with the Blackhawks and currently ranks fourth in team history in goals (377) and second in assists (719). Chicago's first-round pick (third overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft, Savard became the second player in team history to record 100-plus points in a season (119) in 1981-82; he compiled three 100-point seasons as a Blackhawk. The seven-time All-Star holds the franchise single-season assist record with 87 (1981-82 and 1987-88), as well as the team's single-season points record (131 in 1987-88). Savard, a Pointe Gatineau, Quebec, native, also spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lighting and three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1993.