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Denis Savard sparked Blackhawks revival in 1980s
Denis Savard sparked Blackhawks revival in 1980s
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: NHL
Denis Savard "Greatest NHL goal ever scored"
Denis Savard "Greatest NHL goal ever scored"
Published: 2010/12/27
Channel: MrCalifornia2222
#18 Denis Savard
#18 Denis Savard
Published: 2011/11/23
Channel: Nation Tricolore
Unbelievable! Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard
Unbelievable! Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard '88
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: NHL
Denis Savard
Denis Savard
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: serz zaga
Dennis Savard Tribute
Dennis Savard Tribute
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: huzoomnhu
Mic
Mic'd Up: Savard at All-Star Celebrity Shootout
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: bhtv
Dale Hawerchuk vs Denis Savard
Dale Hawerchuk vs Denis Savard
Published: 2009/02/28
Channel: sabrz
1989-90 - Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs - Gary Leeman vs Denis Savard
1989-90 - Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs - Gary Leeman vs Denis Savard
Published: 2010/11/04
Channel: CatchTheTaste
Mark Messier elbows Denis Savard - May10,1990
Mark Messier elbows Denis Savard - May10,1990
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: oilerfanatic1
Savard goal on Roy 5/13/96 playoffs
Savard goal on Roy 5/13/96 playoffs
Published: 2010/01/24
Channel: vindiggs
Chicago Blackhawks pay tribute to Denis Savard (One More Shift)
Chicago Blackhawks pay tribute to Denis Savard (One More Shift)
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Камиль Гатиятуллин
Denis Savard with Canadiens 1990-91
Denis Savard with Canadiens 1990-91
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: xtHabs789
Denis Savard Career Highlights
Denis Savard Career Highlights
Published: 2007/09/10
Channel: NYR21135
Denis Savard "Spin" Goal vs Islanders - Jan.13,1985
Denis Savard "Spin" Goal vs Islanders - Jan.13,1985
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: oilerfanatic1
Denis Savard Spin Move
Denis Savard Spin Move
Published: 2009/06/14
Channel: Kurlee Daddee
Denis Savard
Denis Savard's Story about Taylor Swift and Patrick Kane
Published: 2015/07/22
Channel: Liz
Glen Sather vs Denis Savard - 1985 Playoffs
Glen Sather vs Denis Savard - 1985 Playoffs
Published: 2016/03/12
Channel: oilerfanatic1
Denis Savard amazing moments
Denis Savard amazing moments
Published: 2007/07/10
Channel: thebnow
Coach
Coach's Corner (Gretzky vs Savard) - May 3,1983
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: oilerfanatic1
Blackhawks Bucks: Denis Savard
Blackhawks Bucks: Denis Savard
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: bhtv
Blackhawks Bucks: Denis Savard #2
Blackhawks Bucks: Denis Savard #2
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: bhtv
Denis Savard
Denis Savard
Published: 2012/07/21
Channel: Kamil Pavlík
7 pass 2 on 1 Hockey Drill by Denis Savard
7 pass 2 on 1 Hockey Drill by Denis Savard
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: icehockeydrills
Denis Savard takes the ice at Training Camp Festival
Denis Savard takes the ice at Training Camp Festival
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: bhtv
Denis Savard
Denis Savard's first goal as a Hab
Published: 2007/08/27
Channel: rainman12953
NHL Animated Stories: Denis Savard
NHL Animated Stories: Denis Savard
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: AM34
NHL legend Denis Savard sings at Wrigley
NHL legend Denis Savard sings at Wrigley
Published: 2013/11/26
Channel: MLB
Denis Savard Interview
Denis Savard Interview
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: NHL
Defensive Zone Coverage explained by Denis Savard
Defensive Zone Coverage explained by Denis Savard
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: icehockeydrills
Coca Cola Classic Commercial Featuring Denis Savard in 1990
Coca Cola Classic Commercial Featuring Denis Savard in 1990
Published: 2011/04/20
Channel: denis18savard
Denis Savard Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame (Nov. 13, 2000)
Denis Savard Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame (Nov. 13, 2000)
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: Mike Matthews
Denis Savard Goal vs. Buffalo 3/30/94
Denis Savard Goal vs. Buffalo 3/30/94
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: Disengage
Savard Spinorama
Savard Spinorama
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: SteveDamien
Denis Savard Hockey Hall of Fame Highlight Video
Denis Savard Hockey Hall of Fame Highlight Video
Published: 2011/03/15
Channel: denis18savard
Patrick Kane On The Firing Of His Coach and Friend
Patrick Kane On The Firing Of His Coach and Friend
Published: 2008/10/21
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Chicago Blackhawks Amex Skate with Denis Savard at the United Center
Chicago Blackhawks Amex Skate with Denis Savard at the United Center
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: kppushn
Denis Savard ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Denis Savard ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Published: 2014/08/20
Channel: denis18savard
Denis Savard Snaps About The Hawks
Denis Savard Snaps About The Hawks
Published: 2008/01/26
Channel: Jeff Veillette
Denis Savard cheap shot  Bob Errey Apr 12, 1996
Denis Savard cheap shot Bob Errey Apr 12, 1996
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: ROBINCRUZO
Denis Savard. Spin-O-Rama
Denis Savard. Spin-O-Rama
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: birdmanjones23
history will be made - Denis Savard
history will be made - Denis Savard
Published: 2010/06/08
Channel: tyler64235
BTS :: Denis Savard - "Caught Off Guard"
BTS :: Denis Savard - "Caught Off Guard"
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Reilly Saso
Post-Game with Blackhawks Coach Denis Savard
Post-Game with Blackhawks Coach Denis Savard
Published: 2008/10/14
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Denis Savard
Denis Savard
Published: 2014/05/01
Channel: Vishal Hussain
Denis Savard Jersey
Denis Savard Jersey
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Abbott Otto
Alyssa Ali interviews Denis Savard
Alyssa Ali interviews Denis Savard
Published: 2009/09/14
Channel: Arlington Park
Denis Savard Shoots a Hat Trick at Binnys
Denis Savard Shoots a Hat Trick at Binnys
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: binnysbev
DS18 - Denis Savard Heritage Night, March 10, 2010 (2)
DS18 - Denis Savard Heritage Night, March 10, 2010 (2)
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: elgindave1
February 3rd, 2014 - Pick-up Hockey - Denis Savard
February 3rd, 2014 - Pick-up Hockey - Denis Savard
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Joey Villeneuve
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Denis Savard
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2000
Born (1961-02-04) February 4, 1961 (age 56)
Pointe Gatineau, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1980
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1980–1997
Website http://www.savard18.com

Denis Joseph Savard (born February 4, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1997, and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. On January 27, 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Savard was part of the second group of players to be named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.[1] He has also served as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL,[2] and now serves as an ambassador for the Blackhawks' organization. Savard was born in Pointe Gatineau, Quebec, but grew up in Montreal.

NHL playing career[edit]

For the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens held the first overall pick and many fans hoped the Canadiens would use it to draft Savard. Instead, the Canadiens drafted Doug Wickenheiser and Savard was chosen third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the highest drafted player in Blackhawks' history, until the organization drafted Patrick Kane with the first overall pick in 2007. He began his career during the 1980–81 NHL season in which he had three assists in his first game. He then went on to set the Blackhawks' record (since broken) for most points by a rookie with 75.

He was known for his trademark move, the 'Savardian Spin-o-rama' (a term actually coined by Danny Gallivan, referencing the move performed by Serge Savard [1]), which entailed Savard whirling around with the puck in a full rotation allowing him to defeat defenders and goaltenders alike.

Savard had two separate stints with the Blackhawks. The first was from the 1980–81 season to the 1989–90 season. The second was from 1994–95 to 1996–97. During his absence from Chicago, he played for the Montreal Canadiens (1990–91 to 1992–93) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94 to 1994–95).

On June 29, 1990, Savard was infamously traded to the Montreal Canadiens for star defenceman Chris Chelios and a second-round pick (Mike Pomichter), a transaction that has since been considered largely in Chicago's favor as Chelios would produce some of his best seasons as a Blackhawk while Savard's career was on the decline.[2][3] Savard won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. He signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 1993, where he played a season and a half. On April 6, 1995, Savard was traded back to Chicago, for a 1996 sixth-round pick (Xavier Delisle). Savard's NHL career would 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 total points in Chicago Blackhawks history. Five times during his career he scored at least 100 points and for seven straight years he had at least 30 goals. His highest point total of 131 came in 1987–88 and his highest goal total of 47 came in 1985–86. In 169 playoff games, he scored 66 goals and 109 assists for a total of 175 points.

Savard officially retired from professional hockey on June 26, 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.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 72 37 79 116 22 13 3 17 20 0
1978–79 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 46 112 158 88 11 5 6 11 46
1979–80 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 72 63 118 181 93 10 7 16 23 8
1980–81 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 28 47 75 47 3 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 32 87 119 82 15 11 7 18 52
1982–83 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 35 86 121 99 13 8 9 17 22
1983–84 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 37 57 94 71 5 1 3 4 9
1984–85 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 38 67 105 56 15 9 20 29 20
1985–86 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 47 69 116 111 3 4 1 5 6
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 40 50 90 108 4 1 0 1 12
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 44 87 131 95 5 4 3 7 17
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 23 59 82 110 16 8 11 19 10
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 23 57 80 56 20 7 15 22 41
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 28 31 59 52 13 2 11 13 35
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 28 42 70 73 11 3 9 12 8
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 16 34 50 90 14 0 5 5 4
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 18 28 46 106
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 6 11 17 10
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 4 4 8 8 16 7 11 18 10
1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 13 35 48 102 10 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 9 18 27 60 6 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 1196 473 865 1338 1336 169 66 109 175 256

Coaching career[edit]

Shortly after his retirement as a player, Savard began a coaching career with the Blackhawks in December 1997. On November 27, 2006, Savard was named interim head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after Trent Yawney was fired mid-season. He was commended for leading a young Blackhawks team to within 3 points of a playoff berth during his second season as coach. The Hawks finished just one victory away from the .500 mark in 2007–2008. The 40 wins in 2007–08 marked the first time the club had reached the 40 win mark in six years.

On October 16, 2008, just four games into the season Savard was fired as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was replaced by former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville, who had been hired as a scout for the Blackhawks during the previous summer.[3] In 147 games as coach, Savard posted a 65–66–16 record. Savard remains as an ambassador for the Blackhawks and received Stanley Cup rings in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
CHI 2006–07 61 24 30 7 (71) 5th in Central Missed playoffs
CHI 2007–08 82 40 34 8 88 3rd in Central Missed playoffs
CHI 2008–09 4 1 2 1 (104) 2nd in Central (fired)
Total 147 65 66 16 .496

Other[edit]

  • Denis Savard has a cousin named Jean Savard who coincidentally also played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1970s.
  • Denis Savard is distantly related to Montreal Canadiens' legend Serge Savard, they shared the same number (#18), and in the 1990s Serge was general manager of the Habs when he acquired Denis from the Blackhawks.
  • He is sometimes called "Savoir-Faire" referring to a fictional French Canadian mouse that was the archnemesis of the cartoon character Klondike Kat.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Greatest NHL Players". NHL.com. January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks fire Savard, make Quenneville new coach". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Blackhawks fire Savard after four games". TSN.ca. October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 

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Preceded by
Keith Brown
Chicago Black Hawks first round draft pick
1980
Succeeded by
Tony Tanti
Preceded by
Trent Yawney
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
2006-08
Succeeded by
Joel Quenneville
Preceded by
Darryl Sutter
Chicago Blackhawks captain
1988–89
Succeeded by
Dirk Graham

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