Denis Savard was one of the greatest players to even don the Indian head and his No. 18 hangs in the United Center rafters. The center was an immensely talented skater with a terrific shot and supreme hockey knowledge who often brought fans out of their seats at Chicago Stadium with this scintillating play. The Blackhawks' top selection (third overall) in the 1980 NHL entry draft, Savard had two stints with the franchise, including from '80-90 and then '95-97. Of his nine NHL All-Star Game appearances, seven came while as a member of the Hawks. Shortly after his retirement in '97, Savard became a Hawks assistant coach before being named head coach in 2006. He recorded a 65-66-16 record before surprisingly being fired four games into the '08-09 season and replaced by Joel Quenneville. Savard was elected to the elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 and now serves as a team ambassador for the Hawks.
JIM PRISCHING, CHICAGO TRIBUNE