Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blackhawks Great Kenny Wharram Passes Away At 83.

By Randy Holndoner (@bhawkschatter)
The Chicago Blackhawks lost one of their legends as Kenny Wharram past away at the age of 83.

Wharram was part of the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team and played on a line with Stan Mikita.  He enjoyed seven straight seasons where he scored more than 20 goals.

During part of that time, he, Mikita, and Ted Lindsay made up one of the most dangerous lines in the NHL, the Scooter Line.  He won the Lady Byng Trophy in the 1963-64 season for the league's most sportsmanlike player

His career was cut short when he was diagnosed with myocarditis in September, 1969.  Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.  Symptoms are similar to a coronary.  He had just come off of two of his best years of his career by scoring 69 points in each of those seasons.  His best year had come in the 1963-64 season where he scored 71 points (39G 32A).

Wharram ranks in the top 20 of many Blackhawks records:

Games Played - (766 - 15th)
Points - (533 - 13th)
Goals - (252 - 11th)
Assists - (281 - 23rd)

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