69 Facts About Blackhawks


Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago.

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The Blackhawks compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Central Division in the Western Conference and have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926.

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However, unlike the military division, the team's name was spelled in two words as "Black Hawks" until 1986, when the club officially became the "Blackhawks", based on the spelling found in the original franchise documents.

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Blackhawks hired Bill Tobin, a former goaltender who had played in the Western League, as his assistant, but directed the team himself.

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Blackhawks was very interested in promoting American players, then very rare in professional hockey.

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Roenick, Belfour and Chelios were all traded away as the Blackhawks faltered through the late 1990s, until they missed the playoffs by five points in 1998 for the first time in 29 years, one season short of tying the Boston Bruins' record for the longest such streak in North American professional sport history.

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Indeed, the Blackhawks were viewed with much indifference by Chicagoans for much of the 1990s and early 2000s due to anger over several policies instituted by then-owner Bill Wirtz, who was derisively known as "Dollar Bill".

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Blackhawks raised ticket prices to an average of $50, making them among the most expensive in the NHL.

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The Blackhawks were eager to make a splash in the free-agent market, and offered big money to many of the top free agents.

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The Blackhawks continued to struggle, and finished last in the Central Division, 12 points out of the playoffs.

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Blackhawks was succeeded by his son Rocky, who drastically altered his father's long-standing policies.

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The Blackhawks roster was bolstered by the addition of Patrick Kane, the first overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, who led all rookies in points.

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Later that day, the Blackhawks traded captain Martin Lapointe to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Blackhawks defeated the fifth-seeded Calgary Flames in six games to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 1996.

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The Blackhawks reached the one million mark in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.

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Blackhawks re-signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to contract extensions worth $31.

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The Blackhawks then swept the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992, where they played the Philadelphia Flyers.

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The Blackhawks prevailed in six games to secure their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, and their first since 1961, ending the team's 49-year championship drought.

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The Blackhawks signed former Dallas Stars starting goalie Marty Turco as his replacement, but eventually turned to rookie Corey Crawford to become their full-time starting goaltender.

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The Blackhawks made a mid-season trade to acquire winger Michael Frolik from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.

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The Blackhawks lost their regular season finale to the Detroit Red Wings, but received the final seed in the Western Conference after the Minnesota Wild defeated the Dallas Stars.

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The Blackhawks called up prospects Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Nick Leddy, and Marcus Kruger, who became regular starters.

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The Blackhawks won the series opener but lost the next three games and faced elimination.

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Blackhawks faced the Boston Bruins, another Original Six team, in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

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The Blackhawks surged back with four straight wins to take the series.

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The Blackhawks sent six players to the All-Star Game, including Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford.

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The Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers for second round picks in 2015 and 2016, and Andrew Desjardins from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ben Smith.

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The Blackhawks dispatched the Nashville Predators in six games and swept the Minnesota Wild to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in seven years.

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The Blackhawks traded Saad's negotiation rights to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin, and fourth-round draft pick Anatoly Golyshev in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Blackhawks were unable to re-sign unrestricted free agents Brad Richards, Antoine Vermette and Johnny Oduya due to salary cap constraints.

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Amidst the roster turnover, the Blackhawks signed free agent Artemi Panarin from the Kontinental Hockey League to an entry-level contract.

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Midway through the season, the Blackhawks attempted to supplement their roster by making several trades.

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The Blackhawks dealt Jeremy Morin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Richard Panik.

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The Blackhawks were defeated by the St Louis Blues in a seven-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.

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The Blackhawks traded Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravaainen to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for another 2016 second-round pick in order to free additional salary cap space.

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The Blackhawks signed veteran Brian Campbell and KHL stand-out Michal Kempny during free agency.

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The Blackhawks promoted rookies Ryan Hartman, Gustav Forsling, Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza to their starting line-up to fill the vacancies left by Shaw, Bickell and Teravainen.

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Blackhawks was aided by his linemate, Panarin, who scored 31 goals and 43 assists.

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The Blackhawks finished the season with 109 points, placing first in the Central Division and earning the top-seed in the Western Conference for the 2017 playoffs.

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Goaltender Pekka Rinne and the Predators' defense marginalized the Blackhawks' offense, limiting the team to only three total goals in the series, including a pair of shutouts in Game 1 and Game 2 at the United Center to begin the series.

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The Blackhawks acquired wingers Patrick Sharp, Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma in free agency.

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Blackhawks made modest acquisitions during the opening day of free agency by acquiring veterans Cam Ward, Chris Kunitz and Brandon Manning.

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The Blackhawks then dealt Brandon Manning to the Edmonton Oilers for Drake Caggiula.

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The Blackhawks inserted rookie Dominik Kubalik into their roster, whom they acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the previous season.

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The Blackhawks obtained a spot in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, which used a 24-team playoff format among the top 12 teams in each conference.

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The 12th-seeded Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round of the playoffs to advance to the Western Conference first round, where they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

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The Blackhawks signed forwards Mattias Janmark, Lucas Wallmark, and Carl Soderberg during free agency to one-year deals.

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The Blackhawks parted with longtime netminder Corey Crawford, who signed with the New Jersey Devils but ultimately retired before the season's start.

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The Blackhawks relied heavily on their rookies during the season to replenish their depth, including forwards Brandon Hagel, Philipp Kurashev, and Pius Suter, defensemen Ian Mitchell and Wyatt Kalynuk, and goaltender Kevin Lankinen.

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Beach filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks for failing to adequately address Aldrich's wrongdoings or file formal police reports.

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The Blackhawks traded Brent Seabrook's contract to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Tyler Johnson.

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The Blackhawks were unable to recover from their poor start and fell out of playoff contention by the trade deadline.

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General manager Davidson announced the Blackhawks would commit to rebuilding their roster and acquiring draft capital.

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The Blackhawks made modest acquisitions in free agency, signing veteran forwards Andreas Athanasiou, Colin Blackwell, and Max Domi.

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Blackhawks wear predominantly red jerseys featuring three sets of black and white stripes along the sleeves and waist.

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The Blackhawks debuted this design in 1955, and have since only made minor modifications to the jersey.

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The Blackhawks brought this design back in 2008, before making their 2009 Winter Classic jerseys their alternates between 2009 and 2011.

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Blackhawks' uniform was voted one of the 25 best in professional sports by Paul Lukas of GQ in November 2004.

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The Blackhawks were voted to have the best uniform in the history of the NHL in a fan-vote conducted by the NHL in 2017.

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Since 2009, the Blackhawks have worn special camouflage jerseys on Veterans Day during their pregame warm-ups.

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The Blackhawks wore this logo patch underneath the numbering on the right-sleeve on both the home and away jerseys.

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Blackhawks were the first NHL team to sound a horn whenever they scored a goal at home.

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The goal horn became a popular trend among other NHL teams after the Blackhawks played the Montreal Canadiens in the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.

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The Blackhawks had dedicated goal songs for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp .

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Blackhawks had previously used Johnny's Ice House West and The Edge Ice Arena in suburban Bensenville as their practice facility.

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The Blackhawks played between six and seven games in western Canada and California during this time.

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At least 20 of them aired on WGN-TV, the first time the Blackhawks had been seen on local over-the-air television in 30 years.

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Chicago Blackhawks presently acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Inductees affiliated with the Blackhawks include 41 former players and 10 builders of the sport.

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