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The Friday Five: They came from Thunder Bay!

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
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While 26-year-old netminder Carter Hutton has been turning heads in Rockford and working his way up the Blackhawks' organizational depth chart, he could soon become a part of another fraternity: no fewer than 93 NHL players have come from the area that now comprises Thunder Bay, Ont., -- four towns joined to form the city back in 1970 -- including current Blackhawks Assistant General Manager Norm Maciver. Of those 93, 19 have played for Chicago.

Here are five notable Blackhawks who hailed from Thunder Bay:

1. A member of the Blackhawks' 1934 Stanley Cup-winning squad, Tommy Cook, who was born in Fort William, Ont., skated for Chicago for eight seasons, and added a ninth NHL campaign with the Montreal Maroons. Cook led the Blackhawks in scoring during the 1929-30 season and tallied 175 points in his NHL career.

2. A participant in the 1951 All-Star Game while a member of the Blackhawks, Fort William native Gus Bodnar holds the NHL's record for the three fastest assists while assisting Bill Mosienko's 21-second hat trick. Bodnar also won the 1944 Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, as well as two Stanley Cup rings while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

3. Gaye Stewart had a very decorated NHL career, and was named a Second-Team All-Star in 1948 while with the Hawks. The 1943 Calder Trophy winner was a part of two Stanley Cup teams with Toronto, and finished among the NHL's top-ten scorers four times.

4. He may be better known as a hockey executive, but when he was a Blackhawk during the 1940s, Bud Poile was known to have one of the NHL's hardest shots. As the Philadelphia Flyers' first general manager in 1967 and brought in several of the pieces who played for the "Broad Street Bullies" teams of the 1970s. Poile was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1990.

5. Currently Chicago's most popular Thunder Bay native, Patrick Sharp has been an invaluable part of the Blackhawks' recent resurgence. An alternate captain on the 2010 Stanley Cup team, Sharp has more than 500 games in a Blackhawks sweater to his credit, and he has led the team in goals three times in six full seasons with the franchise.

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