Off the Post: Throwback Thursday Edition – Kirby Dach, Blackhawks – Dach, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, first gained the attention of the hockey world at the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Saskatoon Blades. Dach immediately paid dividends for the historic club, tallying 10 points in 19 games during his rookie campaign. One year later, while playing in 52 games with the Blades, the young centre put 46 points on the board.
Scouts began to salivate over Dach’s impending NHL eligibility. In his final season of Junior hockey, Dach counted 73 points – including 25 goals – in just 62 games. Along with these regular season totals, Dach played in his first CHL playoff games and counted eight points in 10 games. His impressive play led him to be named the captain of Team Orr for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, in which he led his club to victory and contributed one assist.
During the summer of 2019, Dach was selected third overall by the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks. During his Covid-19-shortened rookie season, Dach amassed 23 points while only surrendering 24 minutes of play time to penalties.
These performances, as well as strong international showings, have meant great collector attention, both within the Chicagoland area as well as outside. His Young Guns rookie card has been at the top of collector wantlists, while savvy hobbyists got the goods early, picking up his first autographs in Upper Deck’s CHL sets in preceding years. With the Blackhawks still drawing attention from collectors thanks to Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and other luminaries, Dach is going to continue to have a strong presence in hobby shops and retail outlets across the United States.
Take a listen now to Kirby Dach at the 2019 NHL Combine.