Month: January 2016

Rough Times

Though the Blackhawks had a rough time when they got started, things continued to get worse in the 20 years that James E. Norris and Bill Tobin took over the team. Norris owned the Red Wings team, and they were true rivals of the Blackhawks. It made the Blackhawks deem useless in the NHL, and they barely made the playoffs twice during this time. After James Norris died, his son James D. Norris and Arthur Wirtz took over the team. They wanted to start up this hockey team again, and started by getting star players Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote, Glenn Hall, and Ted Lindsay. Hull, Mikita, PIlote and Hall all were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.After 20 years of hardships for the Blackhawks, times were getting better. By 1961, they had won three Stanley Cup Championships and went on to go to the Cup Finals twice more. The Hawks were still struggling, but their team was finally coming together.

Finally, in the 1966 to 1967 season, the last season of the six-team NHL, the Blackhawks finished first. The curse that was originally put on the team was finally broken even though they did not win the Stanley Cup that year.In the 1970 to 1971 year, Chicago hockey was becoming a sport that was easier to cheer for. More teams were placed in the East Division, and the Hawks went to the West Division. Their final score was 46-17-15, and they finished first place. Over the next 13 years, the Hawks were doing okay but still did not get the recognition they do today until 1983 when Bill Wirtz took over the team. When the 1985 playoffs came, fans started a tradition of applauding and cheering during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner”. More changes were starting to happen with Wirtz in the lead, and in the 1988 to 1989 season, the “Black Hawks” officially became the “Chicago Blackhawks”. Up until 2009 and 2010 season, the Blackhawks continued on their regular route.

They had a few good years and quite a few more bad years, but changes were starting to be made. Some called the Blackhawks one of the worst teams in NHL history, but this did not discourage the team. Many players were recognized and awarded for being outstanding hockey players, but the Blackhawks did not win the Stanley Cup again until the 2009 to 2010 season. By the 2012 to 2013 year, they went on to win the Stanley Cup again and the President’s Trophy. They finally built up a huge fan base, and the Chicago Blackhawks are now a very well-known and successful team. This past year, the Hawks have won their sixth Stanley Cup, making it their third Stanley cup in the past six seasons.The Chicago Blackhawks are a tough NHL hockey team, and even though they have been through some rough years in the NHL they have not stopped fighting. The current coach for the NHL team is Joel Quenneville, and he has positive notes about all of his players, including Corey Crawford and Brent Seabrook. Quenneville also has high hopes for the Blackhawks in years to come.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are a well-known ice hockey team founded and based in Chicago, Illinois. This team is a participant in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team started out wearing black and white jerseys, but their colors changed by adding red to the jerseys in 1933. The logo of the Hawks is a Native American head in a circle with “Blackhawks Chicago” on it. The logo was altered throughout the years, but the Native American never changed.

The mascot of this team is currently Tommy Hawk. The fight song for this Chicago team is “Here Comes the Hawks!” A few songs have also been written after this team, including “Keys to the City” and “Chelsea Dagger”. Introduced in 1985 during the Campbell Conference playoff game at the Chicago Stadium, fans like to cheer and shout as the national anthem is being played. This is a way for the fans to support the Hawks, and this act started a tradition that is still done today.

The famous Chicago Blackhawks team started all the way back on May 1, 1926. It was first taken over by a previous football star Huntington Hardwick. However, only days after the NHL permitted Chicago into the league Frederic McLaughlin took his place. McLaughlin was the one who gave the Blackhawks their name after a Blackhawk Division he was in during World War I. The Blackhawk war division was named after a famous Native American from Illinois, Black Hawk. The team was named after the military division, but the team spelled their name as Black Hawk until 1986 when they switched to the Blackhawks. Illinois holds one of many national leagues that use Native American reference in their names. Along with the expansion franchise of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Cougars and the New York Rangers became national leagues in 1926 as well. McLaughlin knew that starting a hockey league would be hard, and he did it while also creating the first NHL team with a full lineup of American born hockey players.

With McLaughlin in charge of the Blackhawks, their first season on the ice was a good accomplishment. The team completed their first season in third place with a record of 19-22-3. They lost to the Boston Bruins in the 1927 first-round playoff series, but this Chicago team was just getting warmed up. McLaughlin had a lot of plans for this team, and he knew that they had what it took to make it all the way into first place.

Even though the coach of the Blackhawks saw success, the 1927 and 1928 hockey year was not a good one. The team only finished by winning seven games out of 44. In 1931, the Blackhawks got to go to their first Stanley Cup Final, but they wound up losing the last two games. Some people blame the first 39 years of the Hawks career on a sports curse made by an assistant coach of McLaughlin’s, Pete Muldoon. He allegedly told McLaughlin after he was fired that he was cursing the team.

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Over The Years

The Blackhawks have had some great players over the years. Charlie Gardiner was the goaltender when the team won their first Stanley Cup in 1934. He still holds some records in the NFL. Gardiner was the first European born captain in the NFL and he was the first goaltender capital to win the Stanley Cup. Stan Mikita is the franchise leader in assists and the number of points scored. He played from 1958 to the 1980 seasons. Mikita played the position of center. Bobby Hull holds the record in the most goals scored for the Blackhawks. He helped the team win one of their Stanley Cup victories. Bobby played the LW position and he was a member of the team from 1957 to 1972. Tony Esposito is the leader for wins for the team as well as the shutout leader. He was the goalie and played with the team from 1969 t o1984. These made had their numbers retired by the Blackhawks.
There are some newer players that are working hard to make their name with the Blackhawks. The team is now actively recruiting players out of college. This is something that has become popular over the recent years. In the past it was not common for players to go to college and play at this level. Now college is a great way for young players to show the NHL what they have to offer. Some of the recent players on this team include Scott Darling who is a goalie and Patrick Kane. This team was able to sign Duncan Keith as well. Team center Brad Richards also helped the team in their most recent victory. The team send six players from the 2014-2015 season to the All Star Game. The team was also invited to play at the 2015 NHL Winter Classic game at the National Park in Washington D.C. While they did not win this game it was still an honor to be invited. The team even go to meet the President while they were in town.
The Blackhawks have a rich history and have seen their share of ups and down throughout the year. They were one of the first six original teams to play hockey in the NHL. The team started out being a winning franchise and then experienced some rough times. The Blackhawks faced some issues for their owners, from the press, and from the fans. This team is on its way to recovery. The Blackhawks have some great players and their management is trying to allow the team to be more accessible to fans. The team is even working with Native Americans to embrace their rich history as well as their namesake. The Blackhawks are working once again to be on top. They have done so with recent Stanley Cup victories and are still working to win this championship as well as the pride and respect of their fans.

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