My guess is you’ve searched this page out because you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
If I’m right, that also means that today’s grid is asking for players who have played for both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals.
And, I’m also guessing that you’re a little stuck on this particular square and you’re looking for a little help to keep your grid immaculate. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, I’m here to help.
I’ve already done the research and have put together a list of well-known stars along with some more “under-the-radar” players that could land you a low rarity score.
Dylan Strome is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who was drafted 3rd overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft. Despite high expectations, Strome had difficulty establishing himself with the Coyotes and split time between the NHL and AHL in his early career.
In a move to rejuvenate his career, Strome was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018. With the Blackhawks, he found a more consistent role and began to produce offensively at a more expected level. Strome’s skill as a playmaker and his offensive instincts started to shine through as he became a regular in the Blackhawks’ lineup.
Strome most recently played for the Washington Capitals, recording his most successful season (at least statistically) in 2022-23 with 23 goals and 65 points.
Peter Bondra was selected by the Washington Capitals in the eighth round, 156th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Spending the majority of his career with the Capitals, Bondra became one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the league.
Bondra’s best season came in 1997-1998 when he led the NHL with 52 goals, helping the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. A five-time All-Star, Bondra had two 50-goal seasons and nine 30-goal seasons over his illustrious career.
After 14 seasons with the Capitals, Bondra also played for the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago Blackhawks. He retired with 503 goals and 389 assists for 892 points in 1,081 regular-season games, placing him among the top goal-scorers of his generation.
Bondra Key Stats
- 500+ Career Goals (Capitals, Senators, Thrashers, Blackhawks)
- 40+ Goal Season (Capitals)
Phil Housley was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Housley had an extensive career, playing for several teams including the Jets, Blues, Flames, Devils, Capitals, Blackhawks, and Maple Leafs. He is the second-leading scorer among American-born players with 1,232 points (338 goals and 894 assists).
Housley never won the Stanley Cup, coming closest with the Capitals in 1998 when they were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red Wings. At the time of his retirement, he had played more NHL games without winning the Stanley Cup than any other player in NHL history.
Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2007, and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. His legacy in ice hockey, particularly his scoring prowess as a defenseman, has left a lasting impact on the sport.
Housley Key Stats
- 1000+ Career Points (Sabres, Flames, Jets, Capitals, Blackhawks, Blues, Devils, Maple Leafs)
- 50+ Assists in a Season (Sabres, Jets)
Sylvain Cote is a Canadian-born player who had an impressive 19-season career in the NHL. His journey in the NHL predominantly featured his time with the Washington Capitals, but he also played for the Hartford Whalers (now Hurricanes), Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Dallas Stars.
Cote was first selected by the Hartford Whalers in the first round (#11 overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and went on to become an influential defenseman. He was an all-star selection at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and was part of the Dallas team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2000.
Over his career, Cote played 1,171 NHL games, scoring 122 goals and assisting in 313, totaling 435 points, along with accumulating 545 penalty minutes and 102 playoff games with 11 goals, 22 assists, and 33 points.
Craig Anderson, an American goaltender, had a distinguished career in the NHL. Anderson played for multiple teams including the Blackhawks, Panthers, Avalanche, Senators, Capitals, and Sabres. He is particularly remembered for his time with the Ottawa Senators, where he played for 10 seasons.
Anderson’s career in the NHL included many achievements, including playing in over 700 games and securing over 300 wins, a milestone reached by only 39 NHL goaltenders. He represented the United States in international play as well.
One of the highlights of his career was being awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2017, which is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
Anderson Key Stats
- 300+ Career Wins (Senators, Blackhawks, Panthers, Avalanche, Sabres, Capitals)
- 30+ Win Season (Avalanche, Senators)