Chicago Blackhawks

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Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks logo
founding September 25, 1926
history Chicago Blackhawks
1926 - 1986
Chicago Blackhawks
since 1986
Stadion United Center
Location Chicago
Team colors Red, black, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
division Central Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Jeremy Colliton
Team captain CanadaCanada Jonathan Toews
General manager CanadaCanada Stan Bowman
owner United StatesUnited States Rocky Wirtz
Cooperations Rockford IceHogs ( AHL )
Indy Fuel ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1934 , 1938 , 1961 , 2010 , 2013 , 2015
Conference title 1991/92 , 2009/10 , 2012/13 , 2014/15
Division title 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 ( IPA : [ʃɪˈkɑːɡoʊ blækhɔks] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Chicago . They were founded on September 25, 1926 and began playing at the beginning of the 1926/27 season . The team colors are red, black and white. In the first 60 years, the team, which belongs to the so-called " Original Six " , played under the same name in separate spelling ("Black Hawks").

The Blackhawks play their home games at the United Center and were the westernmost team in the league until the late 1960s. Between 1933 and 1961 the team from the "Windy City" won the prestigious Stanley Cup three times . The title win in the 1960/61 season was also the last for a long time, although the team was one of the best in the NHL, especially in the 1970s and early 1990s. However, the franchise experienced its greatest sporting crisis around the turn of the millennium when it only managed to qualify for the playoff once in ten seasons. After a major restructuring, the success of previous years returned, so that in 2010 not only was the first cup success after 49 years, but the team was also able to repeat the success in 2013 and 2015.


The name

The name comes from the infantry division in which the first owner of the Black Hawks, Frederic McLaughlin, served during the First World War. It was named after a great Indian from Illinois history, Chief Black Hawk . In earlier years, the most commonly used spelling of the name was "Black Hawks", but the spelling "Blackhawks" can also be found again and again in internal club records and publications. This disagreement was officially resolved by the club in the summer of 1986. As in the first documents when the team was founded, the name has only been written together since then.

Early Years (1926-1943)

Pete Muldoon , the Black Hawks' first trainer

The Chicago Blackhawks joined the National Hockey League in 1926, two years after the Boston Bruins, the first team from the United States to enter the league. Together with the Detroit Cougars and the New York Rangers , they made their debut in the 1926-27 NHL season . For the first time, the NHL was divided into two divisions . With over half of the NHL teams now based in the US, the three new teams played together with the Bruins and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the American Division , while the four Canadian teams formed the Canadian Division with the New York Americans .

The Blackhawks' first team consisted mostly of players who had played with the Portland Rosebuds in the Western Canada Hockey League in the preseason . The league had dissolved and the owner of the Blackhawks, Frederic McLaughlin, had bought the rights to the Portland players. The first season was relatively successful for the team. The team was led by its front row of Dick Irvin and Babe Dye , who both made it into the top five scorers in the league. In the play-offs you had to admit defeat to the Boston Bruins and after the finals head coach Pete Muldoon was sacked.

It followed a few unsuccessful years before the team around goalie Charlie Gardiner , defender Marvin "Cy" Wentworth and striker Johnny Gottselig reached the final round of the Stanley Cup in the 1930/31 season, in which they were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens . In 1934 the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup. In addition to goal scorer Paul Thompson , goalkeeper Charlie Gardiner, who was meanwhile team captain, was outstanding in the team . In five of the eight playoff games, he did not allow more than one goal. He had been the team's great support for many years and succumbed to a brain tumor two months after winning the title .

The next few years were not characterized by playing successes and the team was only just able to qualify for the playoffs in 1938 with 37 points from 48 games. The decisive games against the Canadiens and the New York Americans were each won after overtime . In the final round, Chicago met the Toronto Maple Leafs , who defeated them 3-1 games. In the following season , the Hawks missed the playoffs as the last-placed team.

"Original Six" (1944–1967)

In 1944 , the Blackhawks reached the final series with the brothers Max and Doug Bentley , Clint Smith and Bill Mosienko again, but were defeated there against Montreal with Maurice "The Rocket" Richard . In the same year the owner, Frederic McLaughlin, died, leaving the team de facto without a leader. In the 1950s, the team was close to bankruptcy. Arthur Wirtz and James D. Norris ran the financially strained club during this time. They built a new team; one of their first acts was when Tommy Ivan was appointed general manager in 1954 .

Between 1945 and 1958 , the Blackhawks reached the play-offs only twice before GM Ivan successfully reshaped the team with a few player transfers. Decisive here were the obligations of the players Glenn Hall , Pierre Pilote , Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita . In addition, Ted Lindsay was an experienced player who had fallen out of favor with his old Detroit Red Wings team because of the formation of the National Hockey League Players' Association . In 1961 the Blackhawks finally won their third Stanley Cup, in the final they defeated Detroit 4-2 games.

This was followed by two more finals, in 1962 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and in 1965 against Montreal, but both times the Blackhawks were defeated. At the time, Chicago was one of the top teams in the NHL. Bobby Hull has scored more than 50 goals in four seasons, Mikita has been top scorer in the NHL several times, Pilote has been awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy three times in a row as the best defender in the NHL and Glenn Hall has always been in the first or for eight out of nine consecutive years second NHL All-Star Team .

The Years of NHL Expansion (1967–1985)

The National Hockey League took on six new teams at the beginning of the 1967/68 season and the Hawks started without success. Goalkeeper Glenn Hall joined the St. Louis Blues . In a swap deal with the Boston Bruins , the Blackhawks gave up Phil Esposito , Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield and received three players, only Pit Martin lived up to expectations, while Esposito set numerous offensive records in Boston. For the first time since 1958, the team missed the play-offs again.

Phil Esposito's younger brother, Tony joined the team as a goalkeeper in 1969 and had a strong rookie season for which he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy . In his second season he led the Blackhawks into the Stanley Cup final, in which the team was defeated by Montreal. After the World Hockey Association was founded , the top performers Bobby Hull and André Lacroix left the club. Despite the departures, the Hawks made it to the finals in 1973 , where they were again subject to the Canadiens. After the season, Pat Stapleton joined the WHA. Before the start of the 1976/77 season , the Chicago Blackhawks signed Boston Bobby Orr , who only played 26 games for the team due to injury and ended his career in 1978 . In 1980 Stan Mikita also ended his career after 22 years for the Blackhawks.

In the 1981/82 season , the Blackhawks failed in the semifinals at the Vancouver Canucks . In two of the next three years they reached the semifinals again, but in each case it was the Edmonton Oilers under the leadership of the young Wayne Gretzky who prevented a final.

Blackhawks instead of Black Hawks (1986-2004)

Blackhawks shoulder logo

When looking through the club documents, it was noticed in the founding papers that the team name had been written together at the time, ie "Chicago Blackhawks" and not, as is usually used, "Black Hawks". The team declared the written variant as the officially valid one.

In the late 1980s, the Hawks made it to playoff every year, but were eliminated early. During this time, Denis Savard and Steve Larmer , who regularly scored over 30 goals per season, were the top performers on the offensive. For the 1989/90 season , a future star came with rookie Jeremy Roenick and another rookie made his debut in the playoffs with goalie Ed Belfour . The Blackhawks reached the Conference Finals, where they lost to eventual Stanley Cup winner Calgary Flames .

The following year, the team made it back to the semi-finals, this time again the Edmonton Oilers ended the season for Chicago. In 1991 , the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy as the best points team of the regular season, but the Minnesota North Stars caused the elimination in the first round of playoffs. Meanwhile, the team had signed the Chicago-born Chris Chelios on the defensive , and due to the strong performance of goalkeeper Ed Belfour, the management decided to hand over the then second goalkeeper Dominik Hašek to the Buffalo Sabers . In 1992 the Hawks reached the Stanley Cup final again, but Mario Lemieux ' Pittsburgh Penguins were too strong an opponent.

For the 1994/95 season , the team moved from Chicago Stadium to the new United Center . The team also changed; Belfour, Chelios and Roenick were given up and the new top performers in the second half of the 90s were Éric Dazé , Tony Amonte and Alexei Schamnow . After 29 years, the team missed the playoffs for the first time in the 1997/98 season . The time up to the 2004/05 strike season was very unsuccessful. The Blackhawks reached the playoffs only once, the rising ticket prices and the team's refusal to broadcast home games on TV damaged the reputation of the Blackhawks in Chicago and resulted in falling audience numbers.

Rebuilding (2005-2009)

Toews as captain of the Blackhawks (2009).

The new General Manager Dale Tallon began to rebuild the team in the 2005/06 season . The Blackhawks signed two players, goalkeeper Nikolai Chabibulin and all-star defender Adrian Aucoin , who were supposed to provide more stability on the defensive. However, the team struggled with many injuries and again missed the playoffs. At the NHL Entry Draft 2006 , Jonathan Toews was elected third and made significant transfers with the commitments of Martin Havlát , Michal Handzuš and Bryan Smolinski . Despite the changed squad, the Blackhawks failed in the 2006/07 season to retrieve the constant performance, so head coach Trent Yawney was dismissed in November 2006 and replaced by the previous assistant coach Denis Savard . The team finished the season with 71 points and missed the playoffs.

As a result of the poor performance, the Blackhawks won the Draft Lottery and were given the NHL Entry Draft 2007 for the first time the opportunity to select a draft pick in the first place . The rights to Patrick Kane were secured , who, like Toews , should play a major role in the re-orientation ( rebuild ) of the franchise in the future . After the owner Bill Wirtz passed away in September 2007, his son Rocky took over the Blackhawks and made profound changes within the organization. In November 2007, Wirtz hired sports official John McDonough as the new President of the Blackhawks, and in February 2008 negotiated a marketing deal with the municipal television network Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV to broadcast the team's home games. In the 2007/08 season , the Blackhawks showed themselves to be significantly better than in previous years and benefited in particular from the strong performances by Kane and Toews, who were each nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. The team recorded a total of 88 points at the end of the season and missed the playoff spots by just three points.

In the summer of 2008, the team was reorganized and, with Tuomo Ruutu and team captain Martin Lapointe, two long-standing performers were handed over. This was offset by obligations from goalkeeper Cristobal Huet , Andrew Ladd and Brian Campbell . Shortly after the start of the 2008/09 season , head coach Savard was released and replaced by Joel Quenneville , who was signed as a scout during the summer break. In the further course of the season, the team went through an enormous sporting development and moved into the playoffs for the first time in seven years with 104 points. In the first two rounds you could defeat both the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks in six games before they were eliminated in five games in the Western Conference final against the Detroit Red Wings . Overall, at the end of the season, 21,783 spectators per game, the highest average in the league. In July 2009, Stan Bowman was appointed as the new General Manager, while Tallon moved to the position of Senior Advisor . Bowman then signed Marian Hossa , Tomáš Kopecký and Kris Versteeg and in December 2009 extended the contracts with the service providers Toews and Kane for five years each.

Sporting dominance and Stanley Cup victories (since 2009)

Victory parade after the 2010 Stanley Cup victory

The 2009/10 season was supposed to be the most successful season in the club's history, so they set new franchise records with 52 wins and 112 points in the main round. In the playoffs they beat the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks in six games each and prevailed in the Western Conference final in four games against the San Jose Sharks . In the final series you could defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games and thus won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961 . Subsequently, Toews was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, while Duncan Keith received the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defender in the league.

In the following year , the Blackhawks reached the playoffs on the last day of the game and met the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. They equalized a 3-0 deficit in the series, but lost in the seventh game due to a goal from Alex Burrows in overtime. In the summer of 2011, Troy Brouwer , Brian Campbell and Kopecky had three notable departures, while goalkeepers Ray Emery and Brandon Saad remained the only significant signings during the summer break. In the 2011/12 season , the Blackhawks reached the playoffs for the fifth time in a row , where they met the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round and lost in six games. In the 2012/13 season , which was shortened by the lockout , the Blackhawks had the best start to the season in NHL history and set a new record with 24 consecutive games in which they scored at least one point. At the end of the season they won the Presidents Trophy as the team with the highest points in the league and met the Minnesota Wild in the first playoff round , which they defeated in five games. In the subsequent series against the Detroit Red Wings you could turn a 1: 3 deficit and then met in the Western Conference final on the Los Angeles Kings . There the Blackhawks prevailed in five games and were thus again in the Stanley Cup final. In the sixth game they were able to turn a 1: 2 deficit through goals from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland within the last minute of the third period and then celebrated their second Stanley Sup victory in three years.

The Blackhawks with the Stanley Cup with US President Barack Obama (2013).

In the 2013/14 season , the Blackhawks finished the season with 107 points and moved back into the playoffs . There they won series against the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild , before they were eliminated in the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings. Subsequently, Duncan Keith was again named best defender of the NHL, while Toews received a nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy .

In the following season , the Blackhawks confirmed their position as the top team in the league and were represented six times in the All-Star Game with Toews, Kane, Keith, Brent Seabrook and Scott Darling . After Kane was injured in February 2015 and failed for the rest of the main round, the Blackhawks first signed Antoine Vermette of the Arizona Coyotes and Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers . Vermette in particular would prove to be a key player in the Stanley Cup playoffs . The team recorded 102 points at the end of the season and the fewest goals conceded in the NHL. In the playoffs they first defeated the Nashville Predators , Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks , before playing in the final against the Tampa Bay Lightning and secured the third Stanley Cup in five years in six games. Keith was subsequently awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs and Toews received the Mark Messier Leadership Award .


The home games of the Blackhawks have been played in the United Center since 1994

The Blackhawks have played their home games at the United Center , a 20,500-seat multifunctional arena , since 1994 . The owner is Rocky Wirtz , who also owns the Blackhawks. The naming rights to the arena remain with United Airlines until 2014 , which will pay 36 million US dollars for the entire duration of 20 years.

From 1929 to 1994, the club played in Chicago Stadium , which opened in 1929 and had a capacity of 17,317 seats for ice hockey events. The stadium was one of the most traditional halls in the NHL. At the beginning of the 1990s, however, the city opted for a more modern arena, located just outside the city center. For the first three seasons, the Chicago Coliseum was home to the Blackhawks.

Owners and farm teams

The Blackhawks have been owned by the Wirtz family since 1954. Rocky Wirtz , whose father William Wirtz owned a lot of real estate in Chicago, had a share in the liquor trade in Illinois. The Wirtz family is also co-owner of the United Center .

The Hawks, like all other NHL teams, also include several teams in lower-class leagues, so-called farm teams . In the case of the Hawks, these have been the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League since 2000 and Indy Fuel in the ECHL since 2014 . The farm teams are often used to prepare the young players and rookies for the "real" NHL games. Like the other clubs, the Hawks draw their offspring primarily through the NHL Entry Draft , through which the most promising young players enter the league every year.

The Chicago Blackhawks farm teams since 1973:

Period team league
1967-1978 Dallas Black Hawks CHL
1973-1982 Flint Generals IHL
1978-1982 New Brunswick Hawks AHL
1982-1984 Peoria Prancers IHL
1982-1984 Springfield Indians AHL
1984-1985 Milwaukee Admirals IHL
1985-1987 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL
Period team league
1985-1987 Saginaw Generals IHL
1987-1989 Saginaw Hawks IHL
1989-1999 Indianapolis Ice IHL
1994-1995 Flint Generals CoHL
1994-1998 Columbus Chill ECHL
1999-2000 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL
2000-2007 Norfolk Admirals AHL
Period team league
2002-2004 Roanoke Express ECHL
2004-2007 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL
2007-2008 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL
since 2007 Rockford IceHogs AHL
2008 Fresno Falcons ECHL
2008-2009 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL
2009-2014 Toledo Walleye ECHL
since 2014 Indy Fuel ECHL


Current jersey design

Since the time of the Original Six, the Chicago Blackhawks have traditionally been playing in the team colors of red and white jerseys, which have only been changed minimally over the years and in which the other team color black is also used. Significant for the red jersey is a black and white stripe on the sleeve at the level of the elbow and a black and white striped area below the team logo, which traditionally defines the chest area on all NHL teams. At the elbows of the white jersey there is a red bar surrounded by two black stripes, also below the chest logo. The players also wear the alternative logo of the franchise on their shoulders.

The most important change to the jersey design for the 2007/08 season was a league- wide change of supplier, but the Blackhawks jerseys, like all other teams of the Original Six, did not change anything except for minimal deviations. According to the regulations of the league, the home jersey has to be designed in a dark basic color and the away jersey in a light basic color since 2003 . For the equipment of the Chicago Blackhawks, this means that the team plays in the red jerseys for home games and the white jerseys for away games.

Heritage Nights

One home game is played as a Greek Heritage Night , Italian Heritage Night , Polish Heritage Night and Jewish Community Night . The accompanying program of the games is thematically dedicated to the respective communities.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Player trophies

Art Ross Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy

Jack Adams Award

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Lester Patrick Trophy

Mark Messier Leadership Award

Ted Lindsay Award

Vezina Trophy

William M. Jennings Trophy

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

From the ranks of the Blackhawks, 71 field players and eight goalkeepers were in the squad at an all-star game. This also takes into account the three benefit games that were played before the introduction of the NHL All-Star Games . The field players came to 165 missions in which they scored 36 goals and 72 assists. The goalkeepers also bring in 23 appearances. It should be noted that the Blackhawks came in 1961 as the Stanley Cup winners with their entire team. Seven of the 17 players played their only all-star game for the Blackhawks in this game. Seven rookies or sophomores of the Blackhawks were in the squad for the YoungStars Game, which was played from 2002 to 2009. With twelve appearances for the Blackhawks, Bobby Hull is the player with the most appearances in the team's history. His move to the World Hockey Association prevented him from further assignments. Just like him, Tony Amonte got ten points in all-star games. Jeremy Roenick was also very successful, scoring a goal in all four games in which he represented Chicago.

Before the official All-Star Games, there were three benefit games in which Blackhawks players also took part. In the first, the Ace Bailey Benefit Game , Charlie Gardiner and Lionel Conacher were two players from Chicago in the roster.

The 1st National Hockey League All-Star Game took place in 1947 with three Blackhawks players. Max Bentley became the first player to score a goal for the All-Star team in an official game. His brother Doug Bentley also scored a goal in this game. The game was less happy for the third player from Chicago. Bill Mosienko was seriously injured and had to sit out for 20 games.

After those in charge of the Blackhawks had worked hard for the introduction of the official All-Star Game, they were promised to host the second game in Chicago at the first event. To date, the All-Star Game has taken place four times in Chicago. In 1961 , the Blackhawks were defending champions even against the NHL All-Star Team. They lost 3-1 in this game. Again the game was played in 1974 in Chicago. The last all-star game in Chicago so far took place in 1991 , also at the Chicago Stadium . After the first game in Chicago had seen a good 12,000 spectators, this number was increased by around 2,000 each time. In 1991, 18,472 attended the event.

Some Blackhawks players also hold records or have been involved in the NHL All-Star Game. Glenn Hall , who was nominated for the All-Star-Game more than any other goalkeeper, played eight of his 13 appearances during his time in Chicago.

With Bobby Hull (1970 and 1971) and Éric Dazé (2002) was a Blackhawks player three times the most valuable player in the All-Star Game. Hull is the only one to have received this award for two consecutive years.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the Summit Series in 1972 were Tony Esposito , Pat Stapleton , Bill White , Dennis Hull and Stan Mikita by the Blackhawks in the squad. Bobby Hull was removed from the roster after signing a contract with the WHA. At the Challenge Cup 1979 Chicago was only represented by Tony Esposito. As with the first two series, at Rendez-vous '87 the Soviet national team was opponent of the NHL team that competed with Doug Wilson .

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.

Stan Mikita is the most betting player for the Blackhawks


Surname number
Most games Stan Mikita 1,394 (in 22 seasons)
Most consecutive games Steve Larmer 884 (October 6, 1982 to April 15, 1993)
Most goals Bobby Hull 604
Most templates Stan Mikita 926
Most of the points Stan Mikita 1,467 (541 goals + 926 assists)
Most penalty minutes Chris Chelios 1,495
Most shutouts Tony Esposito 74
Bobby Hull scored the most goals for the Blackhawks


Surname number season
Most goals Bobby Hull 58 1968/69
Most templates Denis Savard 87 1981/82
Most of the points Denis Savard 131 (44 goals + 87 assists) 1987/88
Most points as a rookie Steve Larmer 90 (43 goals + 47 assists) 1982/83
Most points as a defender Doug Wilson 85 (39 goals + 46 assists) 1981/82
Most penalty minutes Mike Peluso 408 1991/92
Most wins as a goalkeeper Ed Belfour 43 1990/91


Early years (1926 to 1938)

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats
after overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L. T
Pete Muldoon 1926/27 44 19th 22nd 3 41 .432 2 0 1 1
Barney Stanley 1927/28 * 23 4th 17th 2 10 .174 - - - -
Hughie Lehman 1927/28 * 21st 3 17th 1 7th .143 - - - -
Herb Gardiner 1928/29 * 32 5 23 4th 14th .156 - - - -
Dick Irvin 1928/29 * 12 2 6th 4th 8th .167 - - - -
Tom Shaughnessy 1929/30 * 21st 10 8th 3 23 .476 - - - -
Bill Tobin 1929/30 * 23 11 10 2 24 .478 2 0 1 1
Dick Irvin 1930/31 44 24 17th 3 51 .545 9 5 3 1
Bill Tobin 1931/32 48 18th 19th 11 47 .375 2 1 1 0
Emil Iverson 1932/33 * 21st 8th 7th 6th 22nd .381 - - - -
Godfrey Matheson 1932/33 * 2 0 2 0 0 .000 - - - -
Tommy Gorman 1932/33 * -1933/34 73 28 28 17th 73 .384 8th 6th 1 1
Clem Loughlin 1934 / 35-1936 / 37 144 61 63 20th 142 .424 4th 1 2 1
Bill Stewart 1937 / 38–1938 / 39 * 69 22nd 35 12 56 .319 10 7th 3 0

* Change during the current season

After the first season, Pete Muldoon was released after an argument. He was alleged to have put a curse on the team. His successors lasted less than a season in office. Dick Irvin and the later General Manager Bill Tobin took over the coaching position twice. Only the eleventh coach was granted the opportunity to join the gang at the beginning of two consecutive seasons. His successor, Bill Stewart, was a former baseball coach who impressed the club owner with his authority. With Stewart, the Black Hawks had the first American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup .

"Original Six" and expansion years (1939 to 1977)

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Paul Thompson 1938/39 * –1944/45 * 272 104 127 41 249 .382 19th 7th 12
Johnny God blessed 1944/45 * –1947/48 * 187 62 105 20th 144 .332 4th 0 4th
Charlie Conacher 1947/48 * -1949/50 162 56 84 22nd 134 .346 - - -
Ebbie Goodfellow 1950 / 51–1951 / 52 140 30th 91 19th 79 .214 - - -
Sid Abel 1952 / 53-1953 / 54 140 39 79 22nd 100 .279 7th 3 4th
Frank Eddolls 1954/55 70 13 40 17th 43 .186 - - -
Dick Irvin 1955/56 70 19th 39 12 50 .271 - - -
Tommy Ivan 1956 / 57–1957 / 58 * 103 26th 56 21st 73 .252 - - -
Rudy Pilous 1957/58 * -1962 / 63 387 162 151 74 398 .419 41 19th 22nd
Billy Reay 1963 / 64–1976 / 77 * 1012 516 335 161 1,193 .510 116 56 60
Bill White 1976/77 * 46 16 24 6th 38 .348 2 0 2

Shortly after the start of the following season, Bill Stewart was replaced by goalscorer Paul Thompson . In the first year he was still a player-coach, but then concentrated only on the activities behind the gang and stayed with the gang for six more years. In this unsuccessful time for the club, the Black Hawks preferred to rely on former players. With Johnny Gottselig a long-time Black Hawk was hired as a trainer. The great successes were denied to him and his successors. Sid Abel started his coaching career here and was later very successful with the Detroit Red Wings . Even Dick Irvin , who took over the team after more than 20 years for the third time, had no success. In the meantime he had taken on a coaching position three times - in Toronto and twice in Montréal - and led his team into the final series. After him, General Manager Tommy Ivan took over the duties of coach for a year and a half before Rudy Pilous managed to lead the team into the playoffs again and win the Stanley Cup in 1961. With the victory of the AHL championship as a reference came Billy Reay , who was the only one in the history of the Black Hawks to stay in office for more than ten years.

The Pulford Era (since 1977)

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Bob Pulford 1977 / 78-1988 / 79 160 61 65 34 - 156 .381 8th 0 8th
Eddie Johnston 1979/80 80 34 27 19th - 87 .425 7th 3 4th
Keith Magnuson 1980 / 81–1981 / 82 * 132 49 57 26th - 124 .371 3 0 3
Bob Pulford 1981/82 * 28 12 14th 2 - 26th .429 15th 8th 7th
Orval Tessier 1982 / 83–1984 / 85 * 213 99 93 21st - 219 .465 18th 9 9
Bob Pulford 1984/85 * -1986/87 187 84 77 26th - 194 .449 - - -
Bob Murdoch 1987/88 80 30th 41 9 - 69 .375 5 1 4th
Mike Keenan 1988 / 89-1991 / 92 320 153 126 41 - 347 .478 60 33 27
Darryl Sutter 1992 / 93-1994 / 95 216 110 80 26th - 246 .509 26th 11 15th
Craig Hartsburg 1995 / 96-1997 / 98 246 104 102 40 - 248 .423 16 8th 8th
Dirk Graham 1998/99 * 59 16 35 8th - 40 .271 22nd 9 13
Lorne Molleken 1998/99 * –1999 / 00 * 47 18th 19th 8th 2 46 .383 - - -
Bob Pulford 1999/00 * 58 28 24 6th 0 62 .483 - - -
Alpo Suhonen 2000/01 82 29 41 8th 4th 70 .354 - - -
Brian Sutter 2001/02–2003/04 246 91 103 37 15th 234 .370 5 1 4th
Trent Yawney 2005 / 06–2006 / 07 * 103 33 55 0 15th 81 .320 - - -
Denis Savard 2006/07 * –2008/09 147 65 66 0 16 146 .442 - - -
Joel Quenneville 2008 / 09–2018 / 19 * 797 452 249 - 96 1000 .627 128 76 52
Jeremy Colliton since 2018/19 * 67 30th 28 - 9 69 .515 - - -

With Bob Pulford , the club management hired a new coach and general manager in personal union. After two years, he hired a coach and concentrated on his managerial role. General Manager Bob Pulford replaced a coach behind the gang three times. Bob Murdoch , who would later also look after some teams in the German Ice Hockey League , was only voted Coach of the Year after he left Chicago. Mike Keenan , who replaced Pulford as GM, won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers the year after he left . As a long-time Blackhawks player, Darryl Sutter started his coaching career in Chicago. The attempt with former team captain Dirk Graham failed and Alpo Suhonen , the first European to get the place behind the gang of Blackhawks, had to resign after a year due to heart problems.

General manager

Surname season
Frederic McLaughlin 1926 / 27-1941 / 42
Bill Tobin 1942/43–1953/54
Tommy Ivan 1954 / 55–1976 / 77
Bob Pulford 1977 / 78-1989 / 90
Mike Keenan 1990 / 91–1992 / 93 *
Bob Pulford 1992/93 * -1996 / 97
Surname season
Bob Murray 1997 / 98–1999 / 00 *
Bob Pulford 1999/00 *
Mike Smith 2000/01–2003/04 *
Bob Pulford 2003/04 * - 2004/05
Dale Tallon 2005 / 06–2008 / 09
Stan Bowman since 2009/10

* Change during the current season


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of February 4, 2020

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
50 CanadaCanada Corey Crawford G December 31, 1984 2005 Montreal , Quebec , Canada
CanadaCanada Malcolm Subban G December 21, 1993 2020 Rexdale , Ontario , Canada
27 SwedenSweden Adam Boqvist D. August 15, 2000 2018 Falun , Sweden
44 CanadaCanada Calvin de Haan Injured.svg D. 0May 9, 1991 2019 Carp , Ontario , Canada
2 CanadaCanada Duncan KeithA D. July 16, 1983 2005 Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada
68 CanadaCanada Slater Koekkoek D. February 18, 1994 2019 Winchester , Ontario , Canada
6th FinlandFinland Olli Määttä D. August 22, 1994 2019 Jyväskylä , Finland
5 United StatesUnited States Connor Murphy D. March 26, 1993 2017 Dublin , Ohio , USA
7th CanadaCanada Brent SeabrookA. Injured.svg D. April 20, 1985 2005 Richmond , British Columbia , Canada
55 United StatesUnited States Nick Seeler D. 03rd June 1993 2016 Eden Prairie , Minnesota , USA
91 CanadaCanada Drake Caggiula LW June 20, 1994 2018 Pickering , Ontario , Canada
22nd United StatesUnited States Ryan Carpenter C. January 18, 1991 2019 Oviedo , Florida , USA
77 CanadaCanada Kirby roof C. January 21, 2001 2019 St. Albert , Alberta , Canada
12 United StatesUnited States Alex DeBrincat RW December 18, 1997 2016 Farmington Hills , Michigan , USA
36 CanadaCanada Matthew Highmore C. February 27, 1996 2017 Halifax , Nova Scotia , Canada
64 Czech RepublicCzech Republic David Kämpf C. January 12, 1995 2017 Jirkov , Czech Republic
88 United StatesUnited States Patrick Kane RW November 19, 1988 2007 Buffalo , New York , USA
8th Czech RepublicCzech Republic Dominik Kubalík LW August 21, 1995 2019 Pilsen , Czech Republic
92 CanadaCanada SwedenSweden Alexander Nylander LW 0March 2, 1998 2019 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
20th United StatesUnited States Brandon Saad LW October 27, 1992 2017 Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , USA
65 CanadaCanada Andrew Shaw C. July 20, 1991 2019 Belleville , Ontario , Canada
15th CanadaCanada Zack Smith C. 0April 5, 1988 2019 Maple Creek , Saskatchewan , Canada
17th CanadaCanada Dylan Strome C. 0March 7, 1997 2018 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada
19th CanadaCanada Jonathan ToewsC C. April 29, 1988 2007 Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1926-1929 Dick Irvin
1929-1930 Duke Dukowski
1930-1931 Ty Arbor
1931-1932 Marvin Wentworth
1932-1933 Helge Bostrom
1933-1934 Charlie Gardiner
1934-1935 no captain
1935-1940 Johnny God blessed
1940-1942 Earl Seibert
1942-1944 Doug Bentley
1944-1945 Clint Smith
1945-1946 John Mariucci
1946-1947 Red Hamill
1947-1948 John Mariucci
1948-1949 Gaye Stewart
1949-1950 Doug Bentley
year Surname
1950-1952 Jack Stewart
1952-1954 Bill Gadsby
1954-1957 Gus Mortson
1957-1958 no captain
1958-1961 Ed Litzenberger
1961-1968 Pierre Pilote
1968-1969 no captain
1969-1970 Pat Stapleton
1970-1975 no captain
1975-1976 Stan Mikita **
Pit Martin **
1976-1977 Stan Mikita **
Pit Martin **
Keith Magnuson **
1977-1980 Keith Magnuson
1980-1982 Terry Ruskowski
1982-1987 Darryl Sutter
year Surname
1985-1986 Bob Murray *
1987-1988 no captain
1988-1989 Denis Savard
1989-1995 Dirk Graham
1995-1999 Chris Chelios
1999-2000 Doug Gilmour
2000-2002 Tony Amonte
2002-2004 Alexei Schamnow
2005-2007 Adrian Aucoin
2006 Martin Lapointe *
2007-2008 no captain
since 2008 Jonathan Toews

* Interim
captain ** Co-captains

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Blocked jersey numbers

No. Surname Blocking date
1 Glenn Hall November 20, 1988
3 Keith Magnuson November 12, 2008
Pierre Pilote
9 Bobby Hull 18th December 1983
18th Denis Savard March 19, 1998
21st Stan Mikita November 20, 1988
35 Tony Esposito November 20, 1988
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

In their franchise history, the Chicago Blackhawks have officially banned six jersey numbers so far, most recently in November 2008. In addition, another one is no longer officially awarded.

For the first time, Bobby Hull's number 9 was officially banned from the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 1983. Hull was the dominant player in the 1960s, but he had fallen out of favor when he joined the World Hockey Association in 1972. After the NHL inducted him into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 , the Blackhawks also showed themselves ready for this award. On November 20, 1988, three players followed him. In addition to Stan Mikita , who had stormed at Hull's side for a long time, the two goalkeepers Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito were honored. Almost ten years passed before Denis Savard's number 18 was taken out of circulation. These shirt numbers hang as banners in the United Center and are no longer given to any Chicago Blackhawks player.

For a long time no player wore the number 3. This was initially unofficially withdrawn from circulation in honor of Keith Magnuson . On November 12, 2008, before the Blackhawks game against the Boston Bruins , the number was officially banned. Former team captain Pierre Pilote wore this for a long time before Magnuson . The jersey with the number 3 was taken out of circulation in honor of these two players.

Furthermore, the famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky will no longer be awarded to a player, as it has been officially banned by the league since February 6, 2000.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

The Blackhawks have already been able to select a player 20 times as one of the first ten teams. In 2007 the team had the first draft right for the first time.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Stan Mikita F. 1957 / 58–1979 / 80 1394 541 926 1467 1.05
Bobby Hull LW 1957 / 58–1971 / 72 1036 604 549 1153 1.11
Denis Savard F. 1980 / 81-1989 / 90 881 377 719 1096 1.24
1994 / 95-1996 / 97
Patrick Kane RW since 2007/08 903 356 582 938 1.04
Steve Larmer F. 1980 / 81-1992 / 93 891 406 517 923 1.03
Doug Wilson D. 1977 / 78-1990 / 91 938 225 554 779 0.83
Jonathan Toews C. since 2007/08 873 327 428 755 0.86
Dennis Hull LW 1964 / 65–1976 / 77 904 298 342 640 0.70
Pit Martin F. 1967 / 68–1977 / 78 740 243 384 627 0.84
Jeremy Roenick C. 1988 / 89-1995 / 96 524 267 329 596 1.13


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Stan Mikita F. 170 66 104 170 1.00
Denis Savard F. 131 61 84 145 1.10
Bobby Hull LW 116 62 67 129 1.11
Patrick Kane RW 127 50 73 123 0.97
Steve Larmer F. 107 45 66 111 1.03
Jonathan Toews C. 128 40 70 110 0.86
Doug Wilson D. 107 22nd 71 93 0.87
Dennis Hull LW 113 42 49 91 0.81
Duncan Keith D. 126 18th 63 81 0.64
Patrick Sharp LW 117 42 38 80 0.68


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Web links

Commons : Chicago Blackhawks  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Chicago stays aggressive, lands Arizona's Vermette. In: Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  2. Kimmo Timonen traded to Blackhawks by Flyers. In: Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  3., NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  4., List of Chicago Blackhawks' farm teams ( June 30, 2010 memento in the Internet Archive )
  5., Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote Bring Cheers and Tears to the United Center