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Denis Savard played in the NHL from 1980 to 1997 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. He also served as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and currently serves as an ambassador for the Blackhawks organization.
Savard was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall, in the 1980 NHL draft by the Blackhawks. In his first season, he went on to set the Blackhawks' record (since broken) for most points by a rookie with 75.
Savard had two separate stints with the Blackhawks. The first was from the 1980 - 1990, the second from 1994 - 1997. During his absence from Chicago, he played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On June 29, 1990, Savard was famously traded to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman and future team captain, Chris Chelios, and a second-round pick, Mike Pomichter. Savard won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993 and then signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played 1½ seasons. In April of 1995, Savard was traded back to Chicago where he would finish his career.
In 1,196 NHL games, Savard scored 473 goals and 865 assists, totaling 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 1987–1988. 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. Shortly after, the Blackhawks retired his jersey number #18. Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November of 2000.
Shortly after his retirement as a player, Savard began a coaching career with the Blackhawks. On November 27, 2006, Savard was named interim head coach of the 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 team 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.