DENIS SAVARD (HHOF ’00)
Drafted third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1980, Denis Savard scored 75 points as a rookie. The next year, he scored 119 points and went on to hit the 100-point mark for the next five seasons – including 131 points in 1987-88. After 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, Savard went to Montreal in exchange for Chris Chelios. Although his production slowed slightly, he still hit the 50-point mark in 1993 and won the elusive Stanley Cup. The next year, he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning and then was reacquired by Chicago in 1995. A rejuvenated Savard helped the Blackhawks excel in the playoffs. He retired after the 1996-1997 season. After serving as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks, Savard was named head coach of the Blackhawks in 2006 and served in this role over parts of three seasons. Today, Savard is an ambassador with the Blackhawks.
RAY BOURQUE (HHOF ’04)
Played 22 seasons in the NHL, holds the all-time records for most goals, assists and points for an NHL defenseman. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. Bourque was drafted by the Boston Bruins 8th overall in 1979. He would spend 21 seasons in Boston and in 1985 he was named a co-captain of the team. In 1988 he was named sole captain of the team; he would hold that title for the rest of his time in Boston. In his first year (1979-80) Bourque was named Rookie of the Year, a First Team All-Star and scored 65 points which was a record for rookies at the time. During his time with Boston he would win 5 Norris Trophies as the league’s top defenseman. He played in 3 Stanley Cup finals, with Boston in 1988 & 1990 and Colorado Avalanche which he won the Stanley Cup in his last game in the NHL.
Chris started his NHL career with Montreal Canadiens and played for Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers. Currently, he holds the record for most games played in NHL by any defenseman. Chelios played the majority of his career with Detroit Red Wings. In 2002, he led the USA hockey team to a silver medal in Salt Lake City. After 26 seasons in the NHL he officially retired from his professional career as a Stanley Cup Champion and three-time Norris Trophy winner. Chris finished with 185 goals, 763 assist, and 948 points in the regular season of NHL and 31 goals, 113 points and 144 pts in playoffs.
Teemu was Selected 10th overall by the Jets in the 1988 NHL Draft. In his 1st NHL season Teemu set rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points. After 3 seasons with the Jets Selanne was traded to the Mighty Ducks where along side Paul Kayria, Selanne would continue to produce staggering numbers. In 2007 Selanne took the Ducks to The Stanley Cup final where they defeated the Ottawa Senators in 5 games. At the age of 43 Selanne decided to hang up the skates finishing with more than 1500 points. On the international stage, Selanne appeared in 6 Olympic Games for Finland, and is the all time leading Olympic scorer, with 43 points
Born in Barrie, Ontario, Corson was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Shayne Corson captained two NHL teams during his 19 season professional career. He has also played for Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Team Canada, World Juniors, World Cup of Hockey, and 1998 Winter Olympics. Corson represented his teams three times at the NNL All-Star Game having scored 693 points and earning 2357 penalty minutes during his 1156 game regular season NHL career. In addition, he scored 87 points and earned 291 penalty minutes in 140 playoff games.
Al Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent almost 7 seasons in Toronto where he was known as one of the best skaters in the game. Iafrate played in four All-Star Games and at the ’93 game set the record for the hardest slapshot at 105.2 MPH and held this record for 16 years. He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes while playing in Toronto, Washington, Boston, and San Jose. HE is also well known for having one of the best hockey hairdo’s The Mullet!