Denis Savard Speaker Profile
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Denis Savard Biography
Denis Savard was born February 4, 1961 in Pointe Gatineau,Quebec and is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played inthe National Hockey League from 1980 to 1997, and was elected to the HockeyHall of Fame in 2000. He has also served as head coach of the ChicagoBlackhawks of the NHL, and now serves as an ambassador for the Blackhawks'organization.
Denis Savard was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall, in the 1980 NHL EntryDraft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the highest drafted player inBlackhawks' history, until the organization drafted Patrick Kane with the firstoverall pick in 2007. He began his career during the 1980-81 NHL season inwhich he had three assists in his first game. He then went on to set theBlackhawks' record (since broken) for most points by a rookie with 75.
He was known for his trademark move, the 'SavardianSpin-o-rama' (a term actually coined by Danny Gallivan, referencing the moveperformed by Serge Savard) , which entailed Savard whirling around with thepuck in a full rotation allowing him to defeat defenders and goaltenders alike.
Savard had two separate stints with the Blackhawks. Thefirst was from the 1980-81 season to the 1989-90 season. The second was from1994-95 to 1996-97. During his absence from Chicago, he played for the MontrealCanadiens (1990-91 to 1992-93) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (1993-94 to1994-95).
On June 29, 1990, Savard was famously traded to the MontrealCanadiens for defenceman and future team captain Chris Chelios and asecond-round pick (Mike Pomichter). Savard won the Stanley Cup with theCanadiens in 1993, but was no longer the explosive offensive player he had beenin Chicago. He signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning in thesummer of 1993, where he played 1Â½ seasons. On April 6, 1995 Savard was tradedback to Chicago, for a 1996 sixth-round pick (Xavier Delisle). Savard's NHL careerwould end where it had started, with the Blackhawks.
In 1,196 NHL games, Savard scored 473 goals and 865 assists,totalling 1338 points. He trails only Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita for totalpoints in Chicago Blackhawks history. Five times during his career he scored atleast 100 points and for seven straight years he had at least 30 goals. Hishighest point total of 131 came in 1987-88 and his highest goal total of 47came in 1985-86. In 169 playoff games, he scored 66 goals and 109 assists for atotal of 175 points.
Savard officially retired from professional hockey on June26, 1997. On March 19, 1998, the Blackhawks retired his jersey number #18.Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 13, 2000
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