Player: Stan Mikita

As an Original Six franchise, the options for the essential Blackhawks player increase out of sheer longevity. But for all practical purposes, the choice very quickly boils down to two options: Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.

And though Hull was the flashier player in his time and frequently inspires more emotion from fans be it either resentment or adoration, it is Mikita, the franchise fixture with more substance to his game, who is the most essential Blackhawk.

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