Former Chicago Blackhawk Savard honored
The Blackhawks launched a "One More Shift" program on Sunday, giving United Center fans a chance to cheer on past alumni.
Denis Savard was the first player to be honored. After the Hawks' starters were introduced before their game against Montreal, Savard emerged in full uniform from the Zamboni entrance. He received a warm ovation from the crowd, and a video tribute was played before the national anthem.
"I was very fortunate to play for both teams, so it's a pretty special night to be on the ice," said Savard, who played with the Hawks from 1980-90 and 1994-97 and won a Cup with Montreal in 1993. "It brings (back) a lot of great memories. The first thing that came to mind … was the anthems, especially the one here because when we played here it was loud and I don't think it has changed.
"Playing in the old barn (Chicago Stadium) and in this one, you kind of forget about it until you step on the ice. … The organization is so classy. I've said to many friends and family, they've always kept me part of the team. I'm very blessed for it."
Savard played 12 of his 17 seasons with the Blackhawks and ranks fourth in team history with 377 goals and second in assists 719.
Future honorees of the "One More Shift" program have not been announced.