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28. Eric Nesterenko

28. Eric Nesterenko

As of this writing, Eric Nesterenko is one of six former Chicago Blackhawks to play 1,000 Games for the franchise and in the case of the former Right Winger he suited up for 1,013 Games in the Windy City, which is the fifth most ever.

Nicknamed “Elbows” for his ability to punish you in the corners with that aforementioned joint, Nesterenko played a very physical game and he was in the top ten in Penalty Minutes five times, but that didn’t mean he took a lot of bad penalties.  The native of Manitoba was often used on the Power Play but he really excelled on the penalty kill where he would twice led the National Hockey League twice in Short-Handed Goals and 22 of his 25 SHG would take place as a Blackhawk.

Despite his proficiency to score when his team was outnumbered, Nesterenko was not an elite lamplighter as he only had one 20 Goal season, though his 495 Points as a Chicago Blackhawk was certainly nothing to look down upon. 

The fact that Nesterenko was a player that Chicago held onto for so long and that he would help them win a Stanley Cup in 1961 shows what type of valuable player he was to the organization.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs with Harry Lumley for $40,000 5/21/56.
  • Departed: Signed with the Chicago Cougars of the WHA before the 1973/74 Season.
  • Games Played: 1013
  • Notable Statistics: 207 Goals
    288 Assists
    495 Points
    1,014 PIM
    .49 PPG
    +49 Plus/Minus*
    36.3 Point Shares
    35 Points in 115 Playoff Games

    Plus/Minus became a stat in the 1959/60 Season
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1961)
    All-Star (1961 & 1965)
    Most Short Handed Goals (1965 & 1967)

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