Chicago Blackhawks

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Chicago Blackhawks
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks season
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1926
History Chicago Black Hawks
192686
Chicago Blackhawks
1986–present
Home arena United Center
City Chicago, Illinois
Colors Red, black, white
                 
Media Comcast SportsNet Chicago

WGN-TV Chicago
720 WGN AM

Owner(s) United States Wirtz Corporation (Rocky Wirtz, chairman)
General manager Canada Stan Bowman
Head coach Canada Joel Quenneville
Captain Canada Jonathan Toews
Minor league affiliates Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Indy Fuel (ECHL) (beginning '14-'15)
Stanley Cups 5 (1933–34, 1937–38, 1960–61, 2009–10, 2012-13)
Conference championships 3 (1991–92, 2009–10, 2012-13)
Presidents' Trophies 2 (1990–91, 2012–13)
Division championships 15 (1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2009–10, 2012-13)

The Chicago Blackhawks are an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL). They were formed in 1926, named after the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I which was nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division". The division was named after Chief Black Hawk, a native American leader.[1] The team has won the Stanley Cup Championship five times, in 1933, 1937, 1960, 2010 and in 2013. The current captain of the Blackhawks is Jonathan Toews.

Early Games[change | edit source]

A game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs played sometime between the 1959-60 NHL season and the end of 1961-62 NHL season

The Regina Capitals were a team in the Western Canada Hockey League until 1925, when they moved and became the Portland Rosebuds. One year later, the league folded. Most of the Portland players then played for the new Chicago team in the NHL.

In the 1930s, Charlie Gardiner was a star goaltender for the team. Players on the Blackhawks won four scoring titles (Art Ross Trophy) in the 1940s: Doug Bentley in 1943, his brother Ben in 1946 and 1947, and Roy Conacher in 1949. Max Bentley also won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1946. Goalie Al Rollins won the Hart Trophy in 1954. By 1960, however, the team had only made the Stanley Cup final four times, winning the Cup in 1934 and 1938, and losing in 1931 and 1944.

The team was much stronger in the 1960s. Bobby Hull led the NHL in goals seven times, more than any other player. He also won three Art Ross and two Hart Trophies. Stan Mikita won four Art Ross and two Hart Trophies. Between them, they led the NHL in scoring seven times in nine years. Star goaltender Glenn Hall was an all-star many times; and Pierre Pilote won the Norris Trophy as best defenceman three times. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, and also made the finals in 1962 and 1965. Goalie Tony Esposito led them to the finals in 1971 and 1973.

Since that time, they have had many star players such as Doug Wilson, Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, and Tony Amonte; but they have not won the Cup since 1961, the longest wait of any NHL team. They won the Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the regular season in 1991, and made the finals again in 1992, partly due to Ed Belfour (who won two Vezina Trophies as best goaltender) and Chris Chelios (who won two Norris Trophies on Chicago). As of 2006, however, they have only made the playoffs once in the last eight years.

Current[change | edit source]

The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks meet President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House

The mascot of the Chicago Blackhawks is named Tommy Hawk. He was introduced in the 2001–02 NHL season. He wears the Blackhawks' four feathers on his head and also wears a Blackhawks jersey and hockey pants. Tommy Hawk sometimes participates in the T-shirt toss and puck chuck with the fans.[2]

The Blackhawks have their own official fight song called, "Here Come the Hawks!" which is also a introduction for them. A song that was called "Keys to the City" was given to the Blackhawks organization as a gift by Ministry & Co Conspirators.[3] After the Blackhawks score a goal at the United Center they play the song "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis.[4]

In 1985, during the Campbell Conference playoff game, a tradition was started where the Blackhawks fans would cheer and applaud loudly during the singing of the national anthem. This is still done today.[5]

Jonathan Toews was named the team's captain prior to the 2008-09 season opener which made him the third-youngest captain at the time. The Blackhawks led the NHL in home attendance with a total of 912,155, averaging 22,247 fans per game during to the 2008-09 season. The number of attendance also included the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field which had 40,818 fans in attendance.

The Blackhawks acquired forward Marián Hossa and signed him to a 12-year contract which was worth 62.8 million dollars. The deal also included Tomas Kopecky, John Madden, and Richard Petiot. Due to the salary cap, the Blackhawks were forced to give up a bunch of their players.

On June 9, 2010 The Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years when Patrick Kane scored the game-winning overtime goal as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in game 6 of the best-of-7 series.[6]

On June 24, 2013, the team won their fifth Stanley Cup after they defeated the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. They were down 2–1 and scored two goals from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland 1:16 and 0:58.3 (17 seconds apart) to win 3-2.[7]

Current team roster[change | edit source]

Nat Player # Position Birthplace
Canada Bryan Bickell 29 LW Bowmanville, Ontario
United States Brandon Bollig 52 LW St. Charles, Missouri
Canada Sheldon Brookbank 17 D Lanigan, Saskatchewan
Canada Matt Carey 25 C Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Corey Crawford 50 G Châteauguay, Quebec
Slovakia Michal Handzus 26 C Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
Sweden Niklas Hjalmarsson 4 D Eksjö, Sweden
Slovakia Marián Hossa 81 RW Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia
United States Patrick Kane 88 RW Buffalo, New York
Canada Duncan Keith (A) 2 D Winnipeg, Manitoba
Russia Nikolai Khabibulin 39 G Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
Sweden Marcus Kruger 16 C Stockholm, Sweden
United States Nick Leddy 8 D Eden Prairie, Minnesota
United States Jeremy Morin 11 LW Auburn, New York
Sweden Joakim Nordstrom 42 C Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden Johnny Oduya 27 D Stockholm, Sweden
Finland Antti Raanta 31 G Rauma, Finland
Denmark Peter Regin 12 C Herning, Denmark
Czech Republic Michal Rozsíval 32 D Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
Sweden David Rundblad 5 D Lycksele, Sweden
United States Brandon Saad 20 LW Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Canada Brent Seabrook 7 D Richmond, British Columbia
Canada Patrick Sharp (A) 10 C Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada Andrew Shaw 65 C Belleville, Ontario
United States Ben Smith 28 RW Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Finland Teuvo Teravainen 86 C Helsinki, Finland
Canada Jonathan Toews (C) 19 C Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada Kris Versteeg 23 RW Lethbridge, Alberta

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Preceded by
New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions
1933–34
Succeeded by
Montreal Maroons
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions
1937–38
Succeeded by
Boston Bruins
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions
1960–61
Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup Champions
2009–10
Succeeded by
Boston Bruins
Preceded by
Los Angeles Kings
Stanley Cup Champions
2012–13
Succeeded by
Incumbent