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The 2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks season was the team's 77th season of operation.

The team finished in 9th place in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Central Division with a record of 30-33=13. They also failed to qualify for the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Team InformationEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

On January 8, 2003, Blackhawks goaltender Michael Leighton gained a shutout in his NHL debut in a 0-0 tie versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Schedule & ResultsEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 20021–2 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 0–1–0–0
2WOctober 13, 20023–0 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 1–1–0–0
3WOctober 17, 20024–1 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 2–1–0–0
4LOctober 19, 20022–5 Calgary Flames (2002–03) 2–2–0–0
5LOctober 24, 20022–3 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 2–3–0–0
6TOctober 26, 20023–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 2–3–1–0
7WOctober 27, 20023–2 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 3–3–1–0
8WOctober 29, 20023–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 4–3–1–0
9WOctober 31, 20022–1 OT Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 5–3–1–0
10LNovember 2, 20021–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 5–4–1–0
11LNovember 3, 20021–4 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 5–5–1–0
12WNovember 5, 20022–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 6–5–1–0
13WNovember 7, 20025–0 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 7–5–1–0
14WNovember 9, 20023–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 8–5–1–0
15TNovember 11, 20022–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 8–5–2–0
16TNovember 15, 20022–2 OT Washington Capitals (2002–03) 8–5–3–0
17WNovember 17, 20024–2 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 9–5–3–0
18LNovember 19, 20021–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 9–6–3–0
19LNovember 20, 20023–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 9–7–3–0
20LNovember 23, 20021–3 @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 9–8–3–0
21LNovember 25, 20020–1 @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 9–9–3–0
22WNovember 28, 20024–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 10–9–3–0
23LNovember 30, 20021–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 10–10–3–0
24LDecember 1, 20022–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 10–11–3–0
25WDecember 4, 20021–0 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 11–11–3–0
26LDecember 6, 20023–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 11–12–3–0
27WDecember 8, 20023–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 12–12–3–0
28WDecember 10, 20023–2 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 13–12–3–0
29WDecember 11, 20024–3 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 14–12–3–0
30TDecember 13, 20021–1 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 14–12–4–0
31LDecember 15, 20020–5 Dallas Stars (2002–03) 14–13–4–0
32WDecember 17, 20023–2 Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 15–13–4–0
33WDecember 20, 20023–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 16–13–4–0
34WDecember 22, 20023–1 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 17–13–4–0
35TDecember 26, 20022–2 OT Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 17–13–5–0
36TDecember 28, 20023–3 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 17–13–6–0
37WDecember 30, 20022–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 18–13–6–0
38WJanuary 2, 20034–1 @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 19–13–6–0
39TJanuary 4, 20033–3 OT @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 19–13–7–0
40LJanuary 5, 20033–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 19–13–7–1
41TJanuary 8, 20030–0 OT Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 19–13–8–1
42LJanuary 9, 20033–4 OT @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 19–13–8–2
43WJanuary 12, 20032–0 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 20–13–8–2
44LJanuary 13, 20034–5 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 20–13–8–3
45WJanuary 15, 20034–1 Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 21–13–8–3
46LJanuary 17, 20032–4 Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 21–14–8–3
47LJanuary 18, 20032–4 @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 21–15–8–3
48LJanuary 20, 20031–5 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 21–16–8–3
49TJanuary 23, 20033–3 OT St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 21–16–9–3
50LJanuary 25, 20033–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 21–17–9–3
51LJanuary 26, 20033–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 21–18–9–3
52WJanuary 30, 20033–1 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 22–18–9–3
53LFebruary 5, 20031–2 @ Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 22–19–9–3
54TFebruary 6, 20032–2 OT @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 22–19–10–3
55WFebruary 8, 20033–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 23–19–10–3
56LFebruary 10, 20031–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 23–20–10–3
57LFebruary 12, 20031–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 23–21–10–3
58LFebruary 14, 20032–4 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 23–22–10–3
59WFebruary 15, 20037–1 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 24–22–10–3
60LFebruary 17, 20034–5 Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 24–23–10–3
61LFebruary 20, 20031–2 Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 24–24–10–3
62LFebruary 23, 20030–3 Dallas Stars (2002–03) 24–25–10–3
63LFebruary 25, 20030–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 24–26–10–3
64LFebruary 27, 20032–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 24–27–10–3
65LMarch 1, 20034–5 OT @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 24–27–10–4
66LMarch 2, 20032–3 OT Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 24–27–10–5
67LMarch 5, 20034–7 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 24–28–10–5
68LMarch 7, 20030–2 Calgary Flames (2002–03) 24–29–10–5
69WMarch 9, 20038–5 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 25–29–10–5
70LMarch 12, 20032–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 25–30–10–5
71WMarch 14, 20034–0 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 26–30–10–5
72WMarch 17, 20033–2 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 27–30–10–5
73LMarch 19, 20033–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 27–31–10–5
74LMarch 22, 20031–8 @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 27–32–10–5
75TMarch 23, 20031–1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 27–32–11–5
76LMarch 25, 20032–9 New York Islanders (2002–03) 27–33–11–5
77WMarch 27, 20034–1 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 28–33–11–5
78LMarch 28, 20033–4 OT @ Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 28–33–11–6
79TMarch 30, 20034–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 28–33–12–6
80WApril 3, 20036–4 @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 29–33–12–6
81TApril 4, 20032–2 OT St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 29–33–13–6
82WApril 6, 20034–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 30–33–13–6

Player StatisticsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Off-SeasonEdit

May

  • May 31, 2002: Re-signed left wing Matt Henderson.
  • May 30, 2002: Picked up the option on the contract of right wing Mike Peluso.
  • May 9, 2002: Signed left wing Igor Radulov, right wing Yorick Treille and defenseman Scott Balan.

June

  • June 28, 2002: Re-signed defenseman Phil Housley.
  • June 28, 2002: Re-signed left wing Bob Probert and goaltending coach Vladislav Tretiak.
  • June 27, 2002: Re-signed right wing Steve Thomas.
  • June 19, 2002: Re-signed defenseman Steve Poapst.
  • June 6, 2002: Reached an agreement to extend their affiliation with Norfolk of the American Hockey League through the 2002-03 season

July

August

  • August 31, 2002: Signed unrestricted free agent left wing Louie DeBrusk.
  • August 15, 2002: Signed free agent right wing Theoren Fleury, who had been with the San Jose Sharks.
  • August 14, 2002: Signed defenseman Anton Babchuk, their first-round pick in the 2002 draft.
  • August 9, 2002: Re-signed left wing Kyle Calder.
  • August 3, 2002: Signed defenseman Boris Mironov to a one-year qualifying offer.

September

  • September 29, 2002: Assigned goaltender Craig Andersson, forward Mike Peluso and defensemen Jeff Helperl, Dmitri Tolkunov and Scott Balan to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • September 23, 2002: Assigned goaltender Sebastien La Plante, defenseman Johnathan Aitken, and forwards Mike Souza, Quintin Laing, Ajay Baines, Travis Moen, Yorick Treille, and Brandin Cote to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • September 18, 2002: Returned goaltender Adam Munro, forward Miguel Delisle and defenseman Stephan Mokhov to their junior teams.

Regular SeasonEdit

October

  • October 22, 2002: Signed right wing Matt Keith and left wing Travis Moen.
  • October 10, 2002: Signed free agent right wing Garry Valk, who had been with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • October 9, 2002: Released left wing Garry Valk, placed right wing Eric Daze and left wing Bob Probert on injured reserve.
  • October 8, 2002: Assigned goaltender Michael Leighton and center Brett McLean to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • October 3, 2002: Assigned center Mikhail Yakubov and left wing Igor Radulov to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

November

  • November 27, 2002: Recalled goaltender Craig Andersson; recalled center Peter White.
  • November 26, 2002: Recalled center Peter White from Philadelphia and goaltender Craig Andersson from Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned goaltender Steve Passmore to Norfolk.
  • November 25, 2002: Recalled defenseman Steve McCarthy from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • November 17, 2002: Announced that left wing Bob Probert will not play this season and has joined the radio broadcast team.
  • November 14, 2002: Assigned left wing Shawn Thornton to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • November 14, 2002: Assigned center Peter White to Philadelphia of the American Hockey League.
  • November 2, 2002: Acquired center Andrei Nikolishin and left wing Chris Simon from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Michael Nylander, a third-round draft pick in the 2003 NHL draft, and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2004 draft; assigned forward Louie DeBrusk to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

December

  • December 31, 2002: Announced defenseman Boris Mironov has returned to the team following his walkout.
  • December 16, 2002: Assigned center Brett McLean to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • December 12, 2002: Claimed center Mike Eastwood off waivers from the St. Louis Blues; signed defenseman Burke Henry.
  • December 11, 2002: Recalled center Brett McLean from Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned center Peter White to Philadelphia of the American Hockey League.
  • December 10, 2002: Recalled center Brett McLean from Norfolk of the American Hockey League and assigned center Peter White to Philadelphia of the AHL.
  • December 7, 2002: Recalled defenseman Steve McCarthy from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • December 6, 2002: Recalled defenseman Steve McCarthy from Norfolk in the American Hockey League.
  • December 4, 2002: Assigned left wing Garry Valk to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • December 3, 2002: Assigned defenseman Steve McCarthy to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

January

  • January 27, 2003: Recalled goaltender Steve Passmore from Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Norfolk.
  • January 22, 2003: Loaned right wing Yorick Treille to IFK Helsinki in Finland.
  • January 9, 2003: Traded defenseman Boris Mironov to the New York Rangers for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft.
  • January 3, 2003: Recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

February

  • February 24, 2003: Recalled right wing Ryan Vandenbussche from his conditioning stint at Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • February 19, 2003: Reassigned goaltender Michael Garnett from Greenville of the East Coast Hockey League to Chicago of the American Hockey League.
  • February 19, 2003: Recalled defenseman Burke Henry from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • February 16, 2003: Recalled defenseman Burke Henry from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • February 14, 2003: Assigned center Igor Korolev and right wing Ryan Vandenbussche to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • February 13, 2003: Assigned center Igor Korolev to Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned right wing Ryan Vandenbussche to Norfolk for a two-week conditioning stint.
  • February 7, 2003: Assigned right wing Matt Henderson to Norfolk of the the American Hockey League.
  • February 4, 2003: Recalled right wing Matt Henderson from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

March

  • March 31, 2003: Assigned goaltender Craig Andersson and defenseman Burke Henry to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 31, 2003: Assigned goaltender Craig Andersson and defenseman Burke Henry to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 25, 2003: Assigned defenseman Todd Gill to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 24, 2003: Recalled left wing Igor Radulov from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 22, 2003: Assigned left wing Garry Valk to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 21, 2003: Recalled goaltender Craig Andersson from Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned left wing Garry Valk to Norfolk.
  • March 19, 2003: Recalled defenseman Burke Henry from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 17, 2003: Recalled defenseman Burke Henry from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 13, 2003: Recalled defenseman Todd Gill from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 12, 2003: Recalled center Igor Korolev and right wing Garry Valk from Norfolk of the American Hockey League; assigned defenseman Burke Henry to Norfolk.
  • March 11, 2003: Traded defenseman Lyle Odelein to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Sami Helenius and future considerations.
  • March 6, 2003: Signed defenseman Todd Gill and assigned him to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • March 5, 2003: Signed defenseman Todd Gill and assigned him to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

April

  • April 4, 2003: Recalled left wing Igor Radulov and defenseman Todd Gill from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • April 3, 2003: Assigned centers Igor Radulov and Igor Korolev to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
  • April 2, 2003: Recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

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