Denis Savard ( born February 4, 1961 in Pointe- Gatineau, Quebec ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current coach, who played from 1980 to 1997 for the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League.
As a player
In a suburb of Montreal grew, Savard played at the Junior Canadiens in the books of the scouts. In the series of " Trois Denis" he played together with Denis and Denis Tremblay Cry, both have exactly the same day as Denis Savard birthday.
Behind Doug Wickenheiser and Dave Babych he was elected at the NHL Entry Draft in 1980 as the third of the Chicago Blackhawks, ahead of stars such as Larry Murphy ( 4 ), Paul Coffey ( 6 ) and Mike Bullard ( 9 ). And the same in the coming year, he made the jump to the NHL. On a good rookie season with 75 points followed by 119 points in the 1981 season / 82nd In the coming years Savard played with Al Secord and rookie Steve Larmer in one of the most effective storm ranks of the NHL. Five times he surpassed the 100 point mark.
Before the season 1990/91 Savard was released to the Canadiens de Montréal, to strengthen with Chris Chelios on the defensive. There, in his hometown, he was the 1993 Stanley Cup win. He could not be used in the deciding game. He moved to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but during his second season in Florida, he was brought back by the Blackhawks and finished his career there in 1997.
In 2000 he was honored with induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
As a coach
Already in the 1997/98 season got Savard at the Blackhawks a post as assistant coach. End of November 2006 Trent Yawney was fired as Chicago's head coach. Savard then took over the post.
Awards and achievements
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )
- 87 templates in one season with the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL 1981/82 and NHL 1987/88 )
- 131 points in one season with the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL 1987/88 )