Denis Savard - 1984 O-Pee-Chee

Denis Joseph Savard (February 4, 1961-) is often considered the innovator of the “Savardian Spin-o-rama”, a move that he mastered to deke his opponent by spinning a full 360 while carrying in the puck, thereby keeping the defender off balance. Despite his mastery of this elusive maneuver, distant relative and fellow Hall of Famer Serge Savard was the initial Savard to utilize the move as the opposition watched slack-jawed and awe-struck. Savard starred at center for the Montreal Canadiens Junior team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for three seasons before making the jump to the NHL. In three seasons in juniors, Savard scored 146 goals and 309 assists for 455 points in 214 games. The Chicago Blackhawks then drafted him third overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest drafted player in Blackhawks history to date. (Patrick Kane was 1st overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.) Denis burst onto the Chicago scene setting a since-broken rookie record with 75 points in 1980-81. He would continue his scoring and point accumulations for the next seventeen years in the NHL, scoring 25 or more goals in 11 of his first 12 season in the league, topping the 30-goal mark seven times including three 40+ years. In his first eight seasons with the Hawks, he tallied over 100 point five times, his last being a career high 131 points on 44 goals and 87 assists. After ten seasons (1980-1990) in the Windy City, Denis was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for future Hall of Famer Chris Chelios. He remained in Montreal for three seasons (1990-1993) before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 1-1/2 years (1993-1995), then was returned to the Blackhawks, where he would finish his career (1995-1997). While in Montreal, he helped the Canadiens capture the 1993 Stanley Cup over the Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings, his first and only appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Savard was named to the 1982-83 NHL All-Star Second Team and played in seven NHL All-Star Games. Denis Savard finished his career with 473 regular season goals and 865 assists in 1,196 games. In postseason action, Denis had 66 goals and 109 assist in 169 playoff games winning one Stanley Cup. Denis Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. He began his second career in the coaching ranks shortly after leaving the ice, and in 2006 was named interim head coach after Trent Yawney was dismissed. In 147 games, Savard compiled a 65-66-16 head coaching record with the Chicago Blackhawks. 


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