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2014 seasonSeason Recap: With Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews at the peak of their skills, many fans thought Chicago would return to the finals. Instead the Blackhwaks lost to the Blues 4–3 in the opening round. Kane had the finest year of his career, leading the NHL with 106 points and winning the Hart Trophy as MVP. Goalie Corey Crawford led the league in shutouts, but the full team effort wasn’t there in the postseason.

Season Preview: Winning a championship means giving out a lot of raises, so the Blackhawks had to trim some salaries over the summer. The core of the team is still good enough to compete for the Stanley Cup thanks to superstars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith. Chicago picked up a promising young player in a trade named Teuvo Teraveinen, who will join Toews and Kane on the #1 line.

2014 seasonOctober 26, 2014: Marian Hossa scored against the Ottawa Senators for his 1,000th career point. Only 79 other players in history had reached quadruple-figures.

Season Preview: Chicago fans are still wondering how they didn't win the Stanley Cup last season. They are also wondering what could keep them from righting that wrong. The Blackhawks have loads of talent, including Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane. All rank at or near the top of the NHL at their positions. Add veteran free agent Brad Richards to the mix as a second-line center, and the team looks ready for a big year.

March 19, 2014: Coach Joel Quenneville won his 700th career game, against the St. Louis Blues—the first NHL team he coached. Only two other coaches have more victories: Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Al Arbour (782).

Season Preview: What do you do for an encore after winning a Stanley Cup? Win another one! The Blackhawks made sure to keep their key players from the championship team, and will count on the experience and leadership of Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Jonathan Toews. Who might be the X Factor as the Hawks get close to playoff time? Rookie Brandon Pirri is a good bet to make an impact by season's end.

     
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I like this card of Johnny Gottselig because you can see the chicken wire behind him. A lot of rinks in the 1930s used this material where NHL teams now use big sheets of see-thru plexiglass. (O-Pee-Chee Ltd.)

 

 

 

 

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Smile, Keith! I swear, this guy got into a fight a game during the 1970s. (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

 

 

 

 

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Dirk Graham signed this card from 1991. He was one of Chicago's most popular players. (Score, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

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Patrick Sharp signed this photo from a couple of years ago. He was a huge reason why the Hawks won their second Cup in 2013. (Author's Collection)

 

Johnny Gottselig — Left Wing
Born: 6/24/1905
Died: 5/15/1986
Played for Team: 1928–29 to 1904–41 & 1942–43 to 1944–45
Johnny Gottselig was a good scorer and great leader. He captained the 1938 team, which won the Stanley Cup. He led all playoff scorers that year.


Doug Bentley — Left Wing
Born: 9/3/1916
Died: 11/24/1972
Played for Team: 1939–40 to 1943–44 & 1945–46 to 1951–52
Doug Bentley lacked the skating flair of his younger brother, Max, but he scored more points during the 1940s than anyone else in the NHL. Doug led the NHL in scoring twice during his career.


Max Bentley — Center
Born: 3/1/1920
Died: 1/19/1984
Played for Team: 1940–41 to 1942–43 & 1945–46 to 1947–48
Max Bentley's playing weight was around 140 pounds, but he was one of hockey's most feared forwards. His speed and stickhandling ability were sensational. He won the Hart Trophy in 1945–46 and beat out the great Rocket Richard for the NHL scoring title on the final day of the 1946–47 season.


Bill Mosienko — Right Wing
Born: 11/2/1921
Died: 7/9/1994
Played for Team: 1941–42 to 1954–55
Bill Mosienko is so famous for scoring three goals in 21 seconds that many fans forget that he was the NHL's fastest skater during the 1940s. More important, Mosienko could stickhandle at full speed. After World War II, the Blackhawks put Mosienko on a line with the Bentley brothers. Nicknamed the Pony Line, it was the fastest of its time.


Dennis Hull — Left Wing
Born: 11/19/1944
Played for Team: 1964–65 to 1976–77
Dennis Hull emerged from the shadow of his superstar brother, Bobby, to have a fine NHL career. He put the family weapon—the slaphsot—to excellent use, scoring 298 goals in a Chicago uniform. Dennis was picked to play in the All-Star Game five times between 1969 and 1974, and scored between 30 and 40 goals four times during that span.


Keith Magnuson — Defenseman
Born: 4/27/1947
Died: 12/15/2003
Played for Team: 1969–70 to 1979–80
Keith Magnuson once said he'd do anything to keep the puck out of Chicago's net—including stopping a puck with his teeth. He refused to back down from bigger, stronger opponents, and the fans and teammates loved him for it.


Doug Wilson — Defenseman
Born: 4/27/1947
Died: 12/15/2003
Played for Team: 1969–70 to 1979–80
Keith Magnuson once said he'd do anything to keep the puck out of Chicago's net—including stopping a puck with his teeth. He refused to back down from bigger, stronger opponents, and the fans and teammates loved him for it.


Dirk Graham — Right Wing
Born: 7/29/1959
Played for Team: 1987–88 to 1994–95
Dirk Graham was one of the league's top defensive forwards. He was also good for 20 to 30 goals most seasons. In his second year with Chicago, Graham became the first person of color to be named an NHL team captain. He also coached the Blackhawks, becoming the first person of color to coach an NHL team.


Ed Belfour — Goalie
Born: 4/21/1965
Played for Team: 1988–89 to 1996–97
A quick glove and lightning reflexes helped Ed Belfour make a splash in the NHL at an early age. He won the Calder and Vezina awards in 1990–91 and helped the Blackhawks reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1992. Belfour won another Vezina Trophy in 1992–93.


Patrick Sharp — Left Wing
Born: 12/27/1981
First Season with Team: 2005–06
The Hawks picked up Patrick Sharp in one of their best-ever trades. He immediately became the club's top clutch player, and in 2011 had 11 goals and 11 assists on the way to Chicago's Stanley Cup title. The following season, Sharp was named MVP of the All-Star Game. In 2013, his 10 goals led all scorers in the playoffs.


Corey Crawford — Goalie
Born: 12/31/1984
First Season with Team: 2005–06
It took five seasons for Corey Crawford to win the starting job in Chicago, but once he did, the Blackhawks were tough to beat. In the 2013 playoffs, Crawford led all goalies with 16 wins and allowed under two goals per game.

     
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This old newspaper clipping shows Gottselig posing with some of the players in the AAGPBL. (Author's Collection)

 

CALLING THE SHOTS
During the 1940s, Johnny Gottselig was a manager in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (made famous in the movie A League of Their Own). Gottselig managed the Racince Belles, Peoria Redwings and Kenosha Comets.


BIG NUMBERS
In a 1943 game against the Rangers, the Line of Doug Bentley, Max Bentley, and Bill Thoms had a night to remember. Doug had two goals and four assists, Max had four goals and three assists, and Thomas had five assists. The Blackhawks won 10–1.


FATHER TIME
Patrick Kane was the eldest of four children—his three younger siblings were all girls. In order to get them to play sports with him, Kane had to be the Dad whenever his sisters played house with their dolls.

     
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This card of Doug Bentley is made to look like an old-time card from the 1930s. (ITG)

 

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This paper-and-plastic coin came in bags of potato chips in the 1960s. (Shirriff Company)

 

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This card of Dick Irvin shows him in the team's original uniform from the 1920s. (Topps, Inc.)

 

GOALS
1942–43 — Doug Bentley — 33
1943–44 — Doug Bentley — 38
1959–60 — Bobby Hull — 39*
1961–62 — Bobby Hull — 50
1963–64 — Bobby Hull — 43
1965–66 — Bobby Hull — 54
1966–67 — Bobby Hull — 52
1967–68 — Bobby Hull — 44
1958–69 — Bobby Hull — 58

* Tied with another player


ASSISTS
1926–27 — Dick Irvin — 18
1943–44 — Clint Smith — 49
1947–48 — Doug Bentley — 37
1948–49 — Doug Bentley — 43
1964–65 — Stan Mikita — 59
1965–66 — Stan Mikita — 48 *
1966–67 — Stan Mikita — 62

* Tied with another player


POINTS
1942–43 — Doug Bentley — 73
1945–46 — Max Bentley — 61
1946–47 — Max Bentley — 72
1959–60 — Bobby Hull — 81
1961–62 — Bobby Hull — 84*
1963–64 — Stan Mikita — 89
1964–65 — Stan Mikita — 87
1965–66 — Bobby Hull — 97
1966–67 — Stan Mikita — 97
1967–68 — Stan Mikita — 87

* Tied with another player


GOALS-AGAINST
1931–32 — Charlie Gardiner — 1.85
1934–35 — Lorne Chabot — 1.80
1971–72 — Tony Esposito — 1.78
1990–91 — Ed Belfour — 2.47


PLUS/MINUS
No Blackhawk has led the NHL in the statistic

     
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The Hawks reached the Finals three times during the 1960s. This program is from the only season that they won. (Author's Collection)

 
SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1930–31 Montreal Canadiens Lost 2–3
1933–34 Detroit Red Wings Won 3–1
1937–38 Toronto Maple Leafs Won 3–1
1943–44 Montreal Canadiens Lost 0–4
1960–61 Detroit Red Wings Won 4–2
1961–62 Toronto Maple Leafs Lost 2–4
1964–65 Montreal Canadiens Lost 3–4
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens Lost 3–4
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens Lost 2–4
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins Lost 0–4
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers Won 4–2
2012–13 Boston Bruins Won 4–2
     
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