On This Day

Chicago Blackhawks in History

Events in Sport

  • 1926-09-25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • 1926-11-17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931-04-14 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0 for a 3-2 series win; Canadiens' back-to-back Championships

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1934-04-10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 1-0 in double OT for a 3-1 series win; Black Hawks' first Stanley Cup
  • 1937-12-21 Chicago Black Hawks left wing Paul Thompson becomes first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother; scores on bro Cecil of the Boston Bruins with just 9 seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1
  • 1938-04-12 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record
  • 1940-12-01 Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Lynn & Muzz Patrick and Neil & Mac Colville (Rangers); Max & Doug Bentley and Bob & Bill Carse (Chicago)
  • 1941-03-04 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston
  • 1943-01-01 Chicago Black Hawks field first trio of brothers to play together in an NHL game; Max, Doug and Reggie Bentley appear for the Hawks in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium
  • 1943-01-03 Max and Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg's only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks' 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play
  • 1943-01-14 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Alex Smart becomes the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first NHL game, a 5-1 win at home over the Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1944-04-13 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1945-12-29 Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens' 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1947-11-02 After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens
  • 1952-03-23 NY Rangers blow 6-2 lead, lose 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks; Bill Mosienko scores fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds
  • 1957-12-17 The largest trade in NHL history at the time in terms of quantity; Chicago Black Hawks move Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey & Hec Lalonde to Detroit Red Wings for Earl Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen & Lorne Ferguson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-12-17 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1961-04-16 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • 1961-10-07 15th NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: All-Stars beat Chicago Black Hawks, 3-1
  • 1962-04-22 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Dick Duff scores the winner as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • 1963-12-04 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • 1965-05-01 Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1966-01-16 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1968-12-14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-05-18 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Henri Richard scores twice as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Black Hawks for a 4-3 series victory

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1973-02-21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • 1973-05-10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2
  • 1976-06-08 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1979-12-23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1980-12-31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1982-05-06 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 1983-05-03 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • 1985-05-16 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1986-01-12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • 1988-10-01 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • 1989-05-10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1
  • 1990-05-12 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1992-05-22 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 0
  • 1992-06-01 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5 for a 3-1 series win; 2nd consecutive title for Penguins
  • 1995-01-25 Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 5-1 in the first NHL game in their new home, the United Center; defenseman Chris Chelios leads scoring with a goal and 2 assists
  • 1995-06-11 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2001-01-21 Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in first-ever NHL game featuring 2 European trained coaches; Czech Ivan Hlinka behind the bench for Pittsburgh, and Fin Alpo Suhonen, Chicago
  • 2002-02-02 52nd NHL All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: World beats North America, 8-5; MVP: Éric Dazé, Chicago Blackhawks, RW
  • 2004-01-21 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2009-05-27 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2010-05-23 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0
  • 2010-06-09 Stanley Cup Final, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA: Chicago Blackhawks edge Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in OT for a 4-2 series win; first Championship for Chicago since 1961
  • 2012-02-02 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • 2013-06-08 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1
  • 2013-06-24 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship
  • 2015-05-30 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 3
  • 2015-06-15 Stanley Cup Final, United Center, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 for a 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 6th Championship

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1892-07-19 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1893-01-01 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1895-03-01 Duke Keats, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame centre (WCHL First-Team All-Star 1921-26; Edmonton Eskimos; NHL: Chicago Black Hawks), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1972)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1902-09-21 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1906-11-02 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • 1906-11-06 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1920-03-01 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Delisle, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)
  • 1923-10-05 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1927-10-06 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1936-03-31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario

Person of interestBobby Hull

1939-01-03 Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1943-04-23 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Canadiens, Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • 1960-03-16 Duane Sutter, Canadian NHL right wing, 1979-90 (New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks), and coach, 2000-02 (Florida Panthers), born in Viking, Alberta
  • 1961-02-04 Denis Savard, Canadian NHL centre (Chicago Blackhawks) named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players' in history, born in Pointe Gatineau, Canada
  • 1961-06-24 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1962-01-25 Chris Chelios, American ice hockey player (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962-06-10 Brent Sutter, Canadian NHL center, 1980-98 (New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks), and coach, 2007-12 (New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames), born in Viking, Alberta
  • 1962-07-31 Troy Murray, Canadian NHL center, broadcaster (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963-04-30 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964-06-24 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1964-07-20 Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965-04-21 Ed Belfour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Olympic gold 2001, Vezina Trophy 1991, 93), born in Carman, Manitoba
  • 1965-06-05 Bob Probert, Canadian NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1966-12-19 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1967-10-16 Joe Murphy, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in London, England
  • 1969-01-12 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969-08-15 James Black, Canadian NHL center, 1989-2001 (Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, and 4 other teams), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1970-02-03 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970-04-10 Enrico Ciccone, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970-05-17 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1970-07-09 Steve Dubinsky, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970-08-02 Tony Amonte, American NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Hingham, Massachusetts
  • 1972-10-03 Michael Nylander, Swedish NHL center (World C'ship gold 1992, 2006; Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1973-10-10 Jeff Shantz, Canadian NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Duchess, Alberta, Canada
  • 1974-04-15 Sergei Krivokrasov, Russian NHL right wing, 1992-2002 (Chicago Blackhawks, and 4 other teams; Olympic silver, 1998), born in Angarsk, Soviet Union
  • 1974-10-24 Jamal Mayers, Canadian NHL hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975-07-02 Éric Dazé, Canadian NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks; NHL All Star MVP 2002), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1981-10-01 Johnny Oduya, Swedish NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 2013, 15; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Deaths in Sport

  • 1957-05-16 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • 1966-02-25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1971-05-16 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • 1984-01-19 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63
  • 1991-09-13 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 84
  • 2007-09-26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • 2020-02-21 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92