After James D. Norris died in 1966, the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In 2007, the club came under the control of "Rocky Wirtz, who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. Under Rocky Wirtz, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup three times within six seasons (from 2010 to 2015).
On May 1, 1926, the NHL awarded an expansion franchise for Chicago to a syndicate headed by former football star "Huntington Hardwick of Boston. At the same meeting, Hardwick arranged the purchase of the players of the "Portland Rosebuds of the "Western Hockey League for $100,000 from WHL President "Frank Patrick in a deal brokered by "Boston Bruins' owner "Charles Adams. However, only one month later, Hardwick's group sold out to Chicago coffee tycoon "Frederic McLaughlin.
The Hawks' first season was a moderate success. They played their first game on November 17 when they played the "Toronto St. Patricks in the "Chicago Coliseum. The Black Hawks won their first game 4–1, in front of a crowd of over 7,000. They ended up finishing the season in third place with a record of 19–22–3. The Black Hawks lost the "1927 first-round playoff series to the "Boston Bruins.
1938 Stanley Cup Finals
The Black Hawks returned to the Finals in "1944 behind "Doug Bentley's 38-goal season with linemate "Clint Smith leading the team in assists. After upsetting the Red Wings in the semi-finals, they were promptly dispatched by the dominant Canadiens in four games.
The Norris era (1944–1966)
Owner and founder Frederic McLaughlin died in December 1944. His estate sold the team to a syndicate headed by longtime team president "Bill Tobin. However, Tobin was only a puppet for "James E. Norris, who owned the rival Red Wings. Norris had also been the Black Hawks' landlord since his 1936 purchase of "Chicago Stadium. For the next eight years, the Norris-Tobin ownership, as a rule, paid almost no attention to the Black Hawks. Nearly every trade made between Detroit and Chicago ended up being Red Wing heists. As a result, for the next several years, Chicago was the model of futility in the NHL. Between "1945 and "1958, they only made the playoffs twice.
Upon Norris' death, his eldest son, "James D. Norris, and Red Wings minority owner "Arthur Wirtz (the senior Norris' original partner in buying the Red Wings 23 years earlier) took over the floundering club. They guided it through financial reverses, and rebuilt the team from there. One of their first moves was to hire former Detroit coach and General Manager "Tommy Ivan as general manager.
In the late 1950s, the Hawks struck gold, picking up three young prospects (forwards "Bobby Hull and "Stan Mikita and defenseman "Pierre Pilote), as well as obtaining both star goaltender "Glenn Hall and veteran forward "Ted Lindsay (who had just had a career season with 30 goals and 55 assists) from Detroit. Hull, Mikita, Pilote and Hall became preeminent stars in Chicago, and all four would eventually be inducted into the "Hockey Hall of Fame.
1961 Cup win
After two first-round exits at the hands of the eventual champions from "Montreal in "1959 and "1960, it was expected that the Canadiens would once again beat the Hawks when they met in the semifinals in "1961. A defensive plan that completely wore down Montreal's superstars worked, however, as Chicago won the series in six games. They then bested the Wings to win their third Stanley Cup championship.
The Hawks made the Cup Finals twice more in the 1960s, losing to the Leafs in "1962 and the Canadiens in "1965. They remained a force to be reckoned with throughout the decade, with Hull enjoying four 50-goal seasons, Mikita winning back-to-back scoring titles and MVP accolades, Pilote winning three consecutive "Norris Trophies, and Hall being named the First or Second All-Star goaltender eight out of nine seasons. Hull and Mikita especially were widely regarded as the most feared one-two punch in the league. However, despite a strong supporting cast which included "Bill Hay, "Ken Wharram, "Phil Esposito, "Moose Vasko, "Doug Mohns and "Pat Stapleton, the Hawks never quite put it all together.
In "1966–67, the last season of the six-team NHL, the Black Hawks finished first, breaking the supposed Curse of Muldoon, 23 years after the death of Frederic McLaughlin. However, they lost in the semifinals to Toronto, who went on to win their last Stanley Cup to date. Afterward, Coleman, who first printed the story of the curse in 1943, admitted that he made the story up to break a writer's block he had as a column deadline approached.
The Arthur Wirtz era (1966–1983)
James D. Norris died in 1966. One of his last moves in the NHL was to arrange an expansion franchise in "St. Louis, where he owned the "St. Louis Arena. Tobin died in 1963, a club vice-president until his death. The ownership of the Black Hawks now came under the control of Arthur Wirtz and his son "Bill Wirtz.
Hall was drafted by the expansion "St. Louis Blues for the "1967–68 season, while Pilote was traded to the Maple Leafs for "Jim Pappin in "1968. In the 1968–69 season, despite Hull breaking his own previous record of 54 goals in a season with 58, the Black Hawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 1958—and the last time before "1997–98.
In "1967, the Black Hawks made a trade with the "Boston Bruins that turned out to be one of the most one-sided in the history of the sport. Chicago sent young forwards Phil Esposito, "Ken Hodge and "Fred Stanfield to Boston in exchange for "Pit Martin, "Jack Norris and "Gilles Marotte. While Martin would star for the Hawks for many seasons, Esposito, Hodge, and Stanfield would lead the Bruins to the top of the league for several years and capture two Stanley Cups. In Boston, Phil Esposito set numerous scoring records en route to a career as one of the NHL's all-time greats.
Nonetheless, in "1970–71 NHL season, life was made easier for Chicago, as in an attempt to better balance the divisions, the expansion "Buffalo Sabres and "Vancouver Canucks were both placed in the "East Division, while the Hawks moved into the "West Division. They became the class of the West overnight, rampaging to a 46–17–15 record and an easy first-place finish. With second-year goalie "Tony Esposito (Phil's younger brother and winner of the "Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year the previous season), Hull, his younger brother "Dennis, Mikita, and sterling defensemen Stapleton, "Keith Magnuson and "Bill White, the Hawks reached the Stanley Cup final before bowing out to the Canadiens.
A critical blow to the franchise came in "1972–73, though, with the start of the "World Hockey Association. Long dissatisfied with how little he was paid as the league's marquee star, Bobby Hull jumped to the upstart "Winnipeg Jets for a million-dollar contract. Former "Philadelphia Flyers star "Andre Lacroix, who received very little ice time in his single season in Chicago, joined Hull, and the pair became two of the WHA's great stars. The Hawks repeated their appearance in Cup Final that year, however, again losing to Montreal. Stapleton left for the WHA too after that year, depleting the team further.
While the team led or was second in the West Division for four straight seasons, for the rest of the 1970s, the Black Hawks made the playoffs each year—winning seven division championships in the decade in all—but were never a successful Stanley Cup contender, losing 16 straight playoff games at one point. The team acquired legendary blueliner "Bobby Orr from the "Boston Bruins in 1976, but ill health forced him to sit out for most of the season, and he eventually retired in 1979, having played only 26 games for the Hawks. Mikita did the same the following year after playing 22 years in Chicago, the third-longest career for a single team in league history.
By "1982, the Black Hawks squeaked into the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Norris Division (at the time the top four teams in each division automatically made the playoffs), and were one of the league's "Cinderella teams that year. Led by second-year "Denis Savard's 32 goals and 119 points and "Doug Wilson's 39 goals, the Hawks stunned the "Minnesota North Stars and Blues in the playoffs before losing to another surprise team, the "Vancouver Canucks, who made the "Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago proved they were no fluke the next season, also making the third round before losing to the eventual runner-up "Edmonton Oilers. After an off-year in "1984, the Hawks again faced a now fresh-off-a-ring Edmonton offensive juggernaut of a team and lost in the third round in "1985.
The Bill Wirtz era (1983–2007)
In 1983, Arthur Wirtz died and the club came under the sole control of Bill Wirtz. Although the Black Hawks continued to make the playoffs each season, the club began a slow decline, punctuated with an appearance in the "1992 Stanley Cup Finals.
During the 1985 playoff series against Edmonton, the Black Hawks and their fans started a tradition of cheering during the singing of ""The Star-Spangled Banner."
Moreover, prior to the "1986–87 season, while going through the team's records, someone discovered the team's original NHL contract, and found that the name "Blackhawks" was printed as a compound word as opposed to two separate words, "Black Hawks," which was the way most sources had been printing it for 60 years and as the team had always officially listed it. The name officially became "Chicago Blackhawks" from that point on.
In the late 1980s, Chicago still made the playoffs on an annual basis, but made early-round exits each time.
In "1988–89, after three-straight first-round defeats, and despite a fourth-place finish in their division in the regular season, Chicago made it to the Conference Final in the "rookie seasons of both goalie "Ed Belfour and center "Jeremy Roenick. Once again, however, they would fail to make the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the eventual champions, the "Calgary Flames.
The following season, the Hawks did prove they were late-round playoff material, running away with the "Norris Division title, but, yet again, the third round continued to stymie them, this time against the eventual champion Oilers, despite 1970s "Soviet star goaltender "Vladislav Tretiak coming to Chicago to become the Blackhawks' goaltender coach.
In "1990–91, Chicago was poised to fare even better in the playoffs, winning the "Presidents' Trophy for best regular-season record, but the "Minnesota North Stars stunned them in six games in the first-round en route to an improbable "Stanley Cup Final appearance.
The United Center in 2006.
In "1991–92 the Blackhawks – with Roenick scoring 53 goals, "Steve Larmer scoring 29 goals, "Chris Chelios (acquired from "Montreal two years previously) on defense, and Belfour in goal – finally reached the Final after 19 years out of such status. The Blackhawks won 11 consecutive playoff games that year, which set an NHL record. However, they were swept four games to none by the "Mario Lemieux-led defending "Stanley Cup champion "Pittsburgh Penguins (who, in sweeping the Blackhawks, tied the record Chicago had set only days before). Although the 4–0 sweep indicates Pittsburgh's dominance in won games, it was actually a close series that could have gone either way. Game 1 saw the Blackhawks squander leads of 3–0 and 4–1, and would eventually be beaten 5–4 after a Lemieux power-play goal with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. The Blackhawks most lackluster game was game two, losing 3–1. A frustrating loss of 1–0 followed in game three, and a "natural hat trick from "Dirk Graham and stellar play from "Dominik Hasek (who showed indications of the goaltender he would later become) could not secure a win in game four, which ended in 6–5 final in favor of Pittsburgh. The defending NBA champion "Chicago Bulls were in their finals in "1992, but won their championship in six, defeating the "Portland Trail Blazers. Although this was the only year the city of Chicago would host a concurrent NBA/NHL finals in the same year, Blackhawks head coach "Mike Keenan would see this again in New York when he coached the "Rangers to their "first Stanley Cup in 54 years "two years later.
Belfour posted a 40-win season in "1992–93 as the Hawks looked to go deep yet again, and Chelios accumulated career-high penalty time with 282 minutes in the box, but St. Louis stunned Chicago with a first-round sweep to continue Chicago's playoff losing streak.
Although they finished near .500 in "1994, the Blackhawks again qualified for the playoffs. They were eliminated by eventual Western Conference finalist Toronto, but broke their playoff losing streak at 10 games with a game three win. It wasn't enough, however, and the Blackhawks fell in six games. The 1993–94 season also marked the Blackhawks' last at the old "Chicago Stadium, and the team moved into the new "United Center in the "lockout-shortened "1995 season. "Bernie Nicholls and "Joe Murphy both scored 20 goals over 48 games, and Chicago once again made it to the Western Conference Final, losing to the rival "Detroit Red Wings. Also in 1994, management fired "Wayne Messmer, popular singer of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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 sports history. Chicago would also miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season in "1999, and would later miss the playoffs in "2000 and "2001.
The millennium started with disappointment for the Blackhawks. "Éric Daze, "Alexei Zhamnov and "Tony Amonte emerged as some of the team's leading stars by this time. However, aside from a quick first-round exit in "2002 (where they lost to the Blues in five games after winning Game 1 of the series), the 'Hawks were consistently out of the playoffs from the 1997–98 season until the 2008–09 season, in most years finishing well out of contention, despite finishing in third place in the Central Division six times. Amonte left for the "Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2002.
During the "2002–03 season, the Blackhawks finished third in the Central Division with 79 points, but would finish ninth in the Western Conference, which would make them miss the playoffs by 13 points.
A somber note was struck in February 2004 when "ESPN named the Blackhawks the worst franchise in professional sports. 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". For example, Wirtz did not allow home games to be televised in the Chicago area, claiming it was unfair to the team's season ticket holders. He also raised ticket prices to an average of $50, among the most expensive in the NHL. The "Chicago Wolves, an "American Hockey League team based in "Rosemont, Illinois, mocked the Blackhawks' struggle by creating a marketing slogan, "We Play Hockey The Old-Fashioned Way: We Actually Win."
Following the lockout of the "2004–05 season, new GM "Dale Tallon set about restructuring the team in the hopes of making a playoff run. Tallon made several moves in the summer of 2005, most notably the signing of "Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup-winning goaltender "Nikolai Khabibulin and All-Star defenseman "Adrian Aucoin. However, injuries plagued Khabibulin and Aucoin, among others, and the Blackhawks again finished well out of the playoffs with a 26–43–13 record – next-to-last in the "Western Conference and the second-worst in the NHL.
The Blackhawks reached another low point on May 16, 2006, when they announced that popular TV/radio play-by-play announcer "Pat Foley was not going to be brought back after 25 years with the team, a move unpopular amongst most Blackhawks fans. Foley then became the television/radio voice of the Chicago Wolves.
With the third overall pick in the "2006 NHL Entry Draft, the team selected "Jonathan Toews, who led the "University of North Dakota "Fighting Sioux hockey team to the 2006 "NCAA "Frozen Four.
The Blackhawks were eager to make a splash in the free-agent market, and offered big money to many of the top free agents. They were, however, denied, only being able to acquire two backup goaltenders in "Patrick Lalime and "Sebastien Caron. Chicago was one of the biggest buyers in the trade market, though, acquiring a future franchise player in "left-winger "Martin Havlat, as well as "center "Bryan Smolinski from the "Ottawa Senators in a three-way deal that also involved the "San Jose Sharks. The 'Hawks dealt forward "Mark Bell to the Sharks, "Michal Barinka and a 2008 second-round draft pick to the Senators, while Ottawa also received defenseman "Tom Preissing and center "Josh Hennessy from San Jose. Havlat gave the Blackhawks the talented, first-line caliber gamebreaker they so desperately needed. The Havlat trade was soon followed by another major trade — winger and key Blackhawk player "Kyle Calder was traded to the "Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for grinding defensive center "Michal Handzus. The move caused a stir in Chicago; Calder had won an increase in his contract through arbitration, which was accepted by the Hawks, but rather than ink their leading scorer, the Blackhawks decided to address their need for a proven center by acquiring Handzus. Injuries to both Havlat and Handzus hurt the Blackhawks, and Smolinski was eventually traded at the trade deadline to the "Vancouver Canucks. On November 26, 2006, Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon fired Head Coach "Trent Yawney and appointed Assistant Coach "Denis Savard as the head coach. Savard had been the assistant coach of the Blackhawks since 1997, the year after he retired as one of the most popular and successful Blackhawks players of all time. The Blackhawks continued to struggle, and finished last in the Central Division, 12 points out of the playoffs.
They finished with the fourth worst record in the NHL, and in the Draft Lottery, won the opportunity to select first overall in the draft, whereas the team had never had a draft pick higher than third overall. They used the pick to draft right wing "Patrick Kane from the "London Knights of the "Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Rocky Wirtz era (2007–present)
On September 26, 2007, "Bill Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Blackhawks, died after a brief battle with cancer. He was succeeded by his son, "Rocky, who drastically altered his father's long-standing policies.
, at age 20, became the youngest captain in the team's history in 2008.
Midway into the "2007–08 NHL season, the franchise experimented with a partnership with "Comcast SportsNet Chicago and "WGN-TV by airing selected Blackhawks home games on television. During the next season, Comcast and WGN began airing all of the team's regular season games. Rocky also named "John McDonough, formerly the president of the "Chicago Cubs, as the franchise's new president. Since taking over the position, McDonough has been an instrumental figure in the Blackhawks current marketing success. Wirtz was also able to bring back former Blackhawks greats "Tony Esposito, "Stan Mikita and "Bobby Hull, as the franchise's "hockey ambassadors."
In addition to the changes in the team's policies and front office, the younger Wirtz also made a concerted effort to rebuild the team. 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. Kane and "Jonathan Toews were finalists for the "Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best rookie. Kane ultimately beat his teammate for the award. Kane finished the 2007–08 season with 21 goals and 51 assists in 82 games. The Blackhawks finished with a record of 40–34–8, missing the playoffs by three points. The 2007–08 season marked the first time in six years that the team finished above .500.
The 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
The Blackhawks made several major roster changes before the 2008–09 NHL season. The team traded "Tuomo Ruutu, their longest tenured player, to the "Carolina Hurricanes for forward "Andrew Ladd on February 26, 2008. Later that day, the Blackhawks traded captain "Martin Lapointe to the "Ottawa Senators for a sixth-round draft pick in the "2008 NHL Entry Draft. On the first day of free agency, July 1, the team signed goaltender "Cristobal Huet to a four-year US$22.5 million contract, and later signed defenseman "Brian Campbell to an eight-year, $56.8 million contract. The team also added former coaches "Joel Quenneville and "Scotty Bowman to their organization.
On February 13, 2008, the Blackhawks announced they would hold their first fan convention. On July 16, 2008, the team announced that they would host the "2009 NHL Winter Classic on a temporary ice rink at "Wrigley Field on "New Years Day against fellow ""Original Six" member "Detroit Red Wings. The "Detroit Red Wings defeated Chicago, 6–4. On June 16, "Pat Foley returned as the Blackhawks TV play-by-play man, replacing "Dan Kelly. Foley called Blackhawk games from 1981 to 2006 and spent the next two years broadcasting for the "Chicago Wolves. Foley was partnered with "Eddie Olczyk to broadcast all of the Hawks games. The Blackhawks relieved "Denis Savard of his head coaching duties, and replaced him with "Joel Quenneville on October 16, 2008. Savard has since been brought back to the organization as an ambassador.
Prior to the 2008–09 season opener, the Blackhawks named Toews, at 20 years and 79 days, as the new captain, succeeding the traded Lapointe and making him the third-youngest captain at the time of appointment. The Blackhawks finished the 2008–2009 regular season in second place in their division, with a record of 46–24–12, putting them in fourth place in the Western Conference with 104 points. The Blackhawks clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the 2001–02 season with a 3–1 win over Nashville on April 3. On April 8, with a shootout loss to the "Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks clinched their first 100-point season in 17 years. The Blackhawks beat the fifth-seeded "Calgary Flames in six games to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 1996. The team proceeded to defeat the third-seeded "Vancouver Canucks in six games. The Blackhawks played the then "Stanley Cup champions, the "Detroit Red Wings, for the Western Conference Championship. They lost the series to the Red Wings in five games.
During the 2008–09 season, the team led the League in home attendance with a total of 912,155, averaging 22,247 fans per game. This figure includes the 40,818 fans from the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Therefore, the total attendance for games hosted at the United Center is 871,337, good for an average of 21,783 which still leads the league over Montreal's 21,273 average. The Blackhawks welcomed their one millionth fan of the season at the United Center before game six of the Western Conference semi-finals on May 11, 2009.
2009–10: The Stanley Cup returns to Chicago
Prior to the "2009–10 NHL season, the Blackhawks made another major free agent purchase, signing "Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract worth US$62.8 million. The team also acquired "Tomas Kopecky, "John Madden, and "Richard Petiot. In early July, general manager "Dale Tallon and the Blackhawks management came under fire when the "National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) claimed the team did not submit offers to their restricted free agents before the deadline. In the worst-case scenario, the team's unsigned restricted free agents at the time, including "Calder Memorial Trophy finalist "Kris Versteeg, would have become unrestricted free agents. Despite the ordeal, the Blackhawks were able to sign Versteeg and all of their restricted free agents before the NHLPA could take further actions. On July 14, 2009, The Blackhawks demoted Tallon to the position of Senior Adviser. "Stan Bowman, son of "Scotty Bowman, was promoted to general manager. The Blackhawks continued to sell out games, with the best average attendance of 21,356 over "Montreal's 21,273 in the NHL, and had a total of 854,267 excluding the playoffs. The Blackhawks reached the one million mark in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the "San Jose Sharks.
President "Barack Obama
talks with members of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks following a ceremony to honor the team's 2009–10 championship season on the "South Lawn of the White House
, March 11, 2011.
The Blackhawks re-signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to contract extensions worth $31.5 million over five years, and "Duncan Keith to a 13-year extension worth $72 million on December 1, 2009. On April 6, 2010, the Hawks won their 50th game of the 2009–10 season against the "Dallas Stars, setting a new franchise record for wins in a season. The next night, April 7, the Hawks notched their 109th point of the season against the St. Louis Blues, setting another franchise record.
The Blackhawks made the playoffs for the second consecutive season with a regular-season record of 52–22–8. They defeated the "Nashville Predators in six games in the first round, before defeating the third-seeded "Canucks for the second straight year, again in six games. The Blackhawks then swept the top-seeded "San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals.The team advanced to the "Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since "1992, where they played the "Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks prevailed in six games to secure their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history. The victory also ended the team's "49-year championship drought.
The Blackhawks immediately faced salary cap constraints prior to the "2010–11 NHL season. The team was forced to trade many players who played an integral role to their 2009–10 Stanley Cup victory, including "Dustin Byfuglien, "Andrew Ladd, "Kris Versteeg, "Brent Sopel , "Ben Eager, and "Colin Fraser. The team was also unable to agree to terms with starting goaltender "Antti Niemi, who left as restricted free agent to the "San Jose Sharks. The Blackhawks signed journeyman "Marty Turco as his replacement, but eventfully turned to rookie "Corey Crawford to become their full-time starting goaltender. The Blackhawks also made a mid-season trade to acquire winger "Michael Frolík from the "Florida Panthers in exchange for "Jack Skille, "Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.
Amidst the roster turnaround, the Blackhawks finished the season with a 44–29–9 record and placed third in the "Central Division and eight in "Western Conference. The team's playoff fate was determined on the final day of regular season. 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. In the first round of the 2011 playoffs, the Blackhawks faced the top-seeded "Vancouver Canucks, which marked the third consecutive post-season the two teams faced each other. The Canucks built a 3–0 lead in the series before the Blackhawks were able to win three games in a row. "Alex Burrows won Game 7 for the Canucks in overtime, 2–1.
Before the "2011–12 NHL season, the Blackhawks continued to make roster moves to optimize their salary cap situation. The team traded "Troy Brouwer to the "Washington Capitals for the 26th overall pick in the "2011 NHL Entry Draft ("Phillip Danault). The Blackhawks also traded defenseman "Brian Campbell, who had one of the richest contracts in the franchise's history, to the Florida Panthers. The team bolstered their forward depth by signing veterans "Daniel Carcillo, "Jamal Mayers, and "Andrew Brunette, while also acquiring goaltender "Ray Emery to back-up Crawford. The Blackhawks called-up prospects "Brandon Saad, "Andrew Shaw, "Nick Leddy and "Marcus Krüger, who became regular starters.
The Blackhawks placed fourth in Central Division with 45–26–11 and qualified for the postseason for a fourth consecutive season. They faced the "Phoenix Coyotes in the opening round, who ousted the Blackhawks in six games. The series saw five of the six games going to overtime, with "Bryan Bickell (game two) and "Jonathan Toews (game five) scoring the only Blackhawk overtime winners of the series.
2012–13: President's Trophy and The Stanley Cup
The Blackhawks started the shortened 2012–13 season with much success, by establishing several new franchise and NHL records. On January 27, 2013, the Blackhawks set a new franchise record for starting the season 6–0–0 with a win against the "Detroit Red Wings. On February 19 the Blackhawks tied the NHL record previously set by the "Anaheim Ducks in the "2006–07 season for earning points in the first 16 consecutive games of a season, and beat the Ducks record (28 points) by one point. On March 6, the Blackhawks extended the NHL record to 24 games with a record of 21–0–3, and the franchise record for most consecutive wins to 11 games. However, The Blackhawks lost 6–2 to the "Colorado Avalanche on March 8. It was their first loss in regulation and ended their 24-game streak in which they earned at least one point, an NHL record to start a season. The point streak was the third-longest in NHL history.
The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks meet U.S. President "Barack Obama
The "United Center also recorded its 200th consecutive combined regular season and playoff Blackhawks sell-out on March 1 against the "Columbus Blue Jackets, which began during the 2007–08 season with the game on March 30, 2008 against the Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks won the 2012–13 "President's Trophy for the best regular season record in the league and clinched home-ice advantage throughout the entirety of the playoffs. After dispatching the "Minnesota Wild in the first round, the Blackhawks faced the "Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals. After winning the series opener, the Blackhawks lost the next three games, putting Chicago on the edge of elimination. However, the Blackhawks clawed back, eventually winning the series on a goal by "Brent Seabrook in overtime of Game 7. The team then defeated the "Los Angeles Kings in five games to secure a second Stanley Cup Final appearance in four seasons.
The Blackhawks faced the "Boston Bruins, another "Original Six team, in the "2013 Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first time since 1979 that two Original Six teams have made the Stanley Cup Finals and the first time since 1945 that the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup were in the Conference Finals. The Bruins made their second appearance in the Finals in three years (winning in 2011) and were making a similar resurgence as the Blackhawks. On June 24, the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in the sixth game of the "Stanley Cup Final to win the "Stanley Cup for the 2012–13 NHL season, having overcome a 2–1 deficit with just over a minute remaining. "Bryan Bickell and "Dave Bolland scored goals with 1:16 and 0:58.3 remaining in the game, just 17 seconds apart, to win 3–2.
The Blackhawks began the 2013–14 season in hopes of becoming the first team to win consecutive Championships since the "Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. The team was dramatically altered in the off-season to remain under the salary cap. The team traded Dave Bolland, "Daniel Carcillo and "Michael Frolik in exchange for future draft picks, while parting ways with "Ray Emery and "Viktor Stalberg. Despite these changes, The Blackhawks tallied a 28–7–7 record going into January 2014. The team played their second outdoor game in franchise history against the "Pittsburgh Penguins at "Soldier Field as part of the "2014 NHL Stadium Series. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins, 5–1, in front of 62,921 fans.
The franchise recorded its 2,500th regular season win, while head coach "Joel Quenneville won 693 wins as a coach, the third most in the history of the NHL. The Blackhawks finished the season with a 46–21–15 record, good for third in the Central Division. They opened the playoffs by losing two games to the "St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks surged back with four straight games to win the series. The team then defeated the "Minnesota Wild for the second consecutive year. However, the "Los Angeles Kings defeated the Blackhawks in seven games and would ultimately go on to win the Stanley Cup. After the season's conclusion, "Duncan Keith won the "Norris Trophy for the second time in his career, and "Jonathan Toews was named a finalist for the "Frank J. Selke Trophy.
2014–15: Sixth Stanley Cup
The Blackhawks' roster remained largely intact following the 2013–14 season. The team signed veteran center "Brad Richards and rookie goaltender "Scott Darling to one-year deals, and dealt defenseman "Nick Leddy to the "New York Islanders for three prospects. For the first half of the season, "Patrick Kane led the team in scoring and points. The Blackhawks mustered a 30–15–2 record going into the All-Star break. The Blackhawks sent six players to the "All-Star Game, including Kane, "Jonathan Toews, "Duncan Keith, "Brent Seabrook, and "Corey Crawford. The team also played in the "2015 NHL Winter Classic at "Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where they lost to the "Washington Capitals, 3–2.
However, in late February, Kane suffered a shoulder injury that was expected to sideline him for the remainder of the regular season and much of the playoffs. The team called up rookie "Teuvo Teravainen from the "American Hockey League, and traded their first-round pick in the "2015 NHL Entry Draft to acquire center "Antoine Vermette from the "Arizona Coyotes. The Blackhawks also 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. The Blackhawks finished the season with a 48–28–6 record, placing third in their division. The team allowed the fewest goals in the NHL.
Kane recovered quicker than projected and was ready for the start of the playoffs. 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. The top-seeded "Anaheim Ducks held a 3–2 lead in the series, but the Blackhawks rallied back in the series to win games six and seven. The team defeated the "Tampa Bay Lightning in the "2015 Stanley Cup Finals to secure their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.
President "Barack Obama
welcomes the Blackhawks to the "White House
for a third time to commemorate the team's 2014-15 Stanley Cup victory.
The Blackhawks' roster experienced another dramatic reconstruction before the "2015–16 NHL season. The team was unable to come to terms with pending free-agent, "Brandon Saad, who had played a pivotal role in the "2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks traded Saad's negotiation rights, along with prospects "Alex Broadhurst and "Michael Paliotta, to the "Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for "Artem Anisimov, "Marko Daňo, "Corey Tropp, "Jeremy Morin and a "fourth-round draft pick in the "2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Blackhawks were unable to re-sign unrestricted free-agents "Brad Richards, "Antoine Vermette, and "Johnny Oduya due to salary cap constraints. The team then traded long-time veteran and fan-favorite "Patrick Sharp along with "Stephen Johns to the "Dallas Stars in exchange for "Trevor Daley and forward "Ryan Garbutt in order to stay under the "salary cap. Amidst the roster turnover, the Blackhawks signed free agent "Artemi Panarin from the "KHL to an entry-level deal.
The Blackhawks offense was led by "Patrick Kane, who tallied a league-best 106 points in 2015-16. Kane was the NHL’s leading scorer, and won the "MVP award for the season. Panarin, who skated on Kane’s line, won the "Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best first year player. Midway through the season, the Blackhawks attempted to supplement their roster by making several trades. The Blackhawks dealt Jeremy Morin to the "Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for "Richard Pánik. The team then reacquired "Andrew Ladd from the "Winnipeg Jets in exchange for their first round selection in the "2016 NHL Entry Draft and Marko Dano. The team then traded "Phillip Danault and their "2018 second round pick to the "Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards "Dale Weise and "Tomas Fleischmann. The team finished with a 46-26-9 record, good for 103 points and third place in their division. The Blackhawks were defeated by the "St. Louis Blues in a seven-game series in the first round of the "2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. The loss marked the Blackhawks earliest postseason exit since "2012.
The Blackhawks have donned Camouflage practice jerseys for Veterans Day to show support for servicemen since 2009.
The Blackhawks wear predominantly red jerseys featuring three sets of black and white stripes along the sleeves and waist. The team's logo is displayed on the front of each jersey, along with a 'C', representing 'Chicago', on each shoulder with two crossed "tomahawks. The Blackhawks first debuted this design in 1955, and have since only made minor modifications to the jersey. In 2007, The Blackhawks along with all other NHL teams, made minute changes to their uniforms by adding larger logo, a new collar with the NHL logo and a 'baseball-style cut along the bottom. The team previously donned alternate third jersey that was primarily black with red and white stripes between 1996 and 2007. The Blackhawks brought this design back in 2008, before making their 2009 Winter Classic jerseys their alternates between 2009-11. The team has not used an alternate jersey home jersey since 2011.
The Blackhawks' uniform was voted one of the 25 best in professional sports by Paul Lukas of "GQ in November 2004. "The Hockey News voted the team's jersey as the best in the NHL. "Greg Wyshynski of "Yahoo! Sports listed the Blackhawks home jerseys as the second best NHL jersey in the history of the NHL in 2017.
Since 2009, the Blackhawks have worn special "camouflage jerseys on Veterans Day during their pregame warm-ups. The jerseys are later sold in auctions to raise money for the "USO of Illinois.
Native American mascot controversy § Chicago Blackhawks
This vintage logo was brought back in 1991 and 2008; it was their primary logo from the 1937–38 to 1954–55 seasons.
McLaughlin's wife, "Irene Castle, designed the original version of the team's logo, which featured a crudely-drawn black and white Native head in a circle. This design went through several significant changes between 1926 and 1955. During this period, seven distinct versions of the primary logo were worn on the team's uniforms. At the beginning of the 1955–56 season, the outer circle was removed and the head began to resemble the team's current primary logo. This crest and uniform went through subtle changes until the 1964–65 season; the basic logo and jersey design have remained constant ever since. In 2008, "The Hockey News' staff voted the team's main logo to be the best in the NHL. In 2010, sports columnist "Damien Cox called on the franchise to retire the "racially insensitive" logo, saying that, "Clearly, no right-thinking person would name a team after an aboriginal figure these days any more than they would use Muslims or Africans or Chinese or any ethnic group to depict a specific sporting notion." Furthermore, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) believes that all Native-themed logos, including that of the Blackhawks, "continue to profit from harmful stereotypes originated during a time when white superiority and segregation were common place." 
The Blackhawks have worked with the "American Indian Center to help educate their community and fan base by sharing Native American culture and history. Scott Sypolt, executive counsel for the American Indian Center, commented on the logo and name controversy: Joe Podlasek, the executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago, commented on their relationship, stating, "[The Hawks] are far and away ahead of everyone else in forward-thinking. What they have done is engaged the community. In the other cities (organizations) want nothing to do with native people but yet they’re trying to say they respect us." However, this stance is markedly different from the one taken by the American Indian Center up until recent years. In 2010, Joe Podlasek stated that, "The stance is very clear. We want the Chicago Blackhawks logo to change. For us, that's one of our grandfathers. Would you do that with your grandfather's picture? Take it and throw it on a rug? Walk on it and dance on it?"  John Blackhawk, Chairman of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has suggested that the change in position may be tied to contributions the team has recently begun making to the center: "We all do contributions, but we don't do it for the sake of wanting to be forgiven for something we've done that's offensive." 
The Blackhawks mascot is Tommy Hawk, an anthropomorphic hawk who wears the Blackhawks' four feathers on his head, along with a Blackhawks jersey and hockey pants. Tommy Hawk often participates in the T-shirt toss and puck chuck at the "United Center. He walks around the concourse greeting fans before and during the game. The team introduced Tommy Hawk in the 2001–02 season.
Fight and goal songs
""Here Come the Hawks!" is the official fight song and introduction of the Chicago Blackhawks. The song was written by J. Swayzee, an avid Blackhawks fan, and produced by the Dick Marx Orchestra and Choir in 1968 and is heard quite often both in vocal and organ renditions during Blackhawks home games. In late 2007 the song ""Keys to the City" was released by "Ministry & Co Conspirators as a gift to the Blackhawks organization.
The Blackhawks were one of the first NHL teams to sound a horn whenever they scored a goal at home. "Bill Wirtz donated his yacht's horn to "Chicago Stadium. The goal horn became a popular trend among other NHL teams after the Blackhawks played the "Montreal Canadiens in the "1973 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks began playing ""Chelsea Dagger" by "The Fratellis as their official goal song during the "2008-09 NHL season. The Blackhawks also had dedicated goal songs for "Patrick Kane (""Rock You Like a Hurricane" by "The Scorpions), "Jonathan Toews (""Johnny B. Goode" by "Chuck Berry), and "Patrick Sharp (""Sharp Dressed Man" by "ZZ Top).
It is a tradition for Blackhawks fans to applaud and cheer loudly during the singing of the national anthem. This tradition originated during a "1985 "Campbell Conference playoff game at Chicago Stadium versus the "Edmonton Oilers. "Wayne Messmer, the Blackhawks home games national anthem singer from 1980 to 1994, was the anthem singer when this tradition began. "Jim Cornelison sings the national anthems for all home games and he is accompanied by organist Frank Pellico. Before Game 2 of the "2010 Stanley Cup Finals at the "United Center, the cheering during the anthem was registered between 116-122 "decibels.
The Blackhawks and their arena mates, the "Chicago Bulls, have historically embarked on an annual two-week road trip in mid-November dating back to when both teams inhabited "Chicago Stadium. The Wirtz Family, who at one point owned the Blackhawks, Bulls, and Chicago Stadium, would lease the venue to circus acts and ice skating troupes. The Blackhawks usually play between six and seven games in western Canada and California during this time. In November 2016, the "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would not be returning to the United Center in 2017.
Media and announcers
List of Chicago Blackhawks broadcasters
For the first time in team history, all 82 games plus playoffs were broadcast on television during the 2008–09 season. At least 20 of them aired on "WGN-TV (Channel 9), the first time the Blackhawks had been seen on local over-the-air television in 30 years. Games produced by WGN-TV through its "WGN Sports department are not available in its superstation feed "WGN America due to league broadcast rights restrictions. Other games not broadcast by WGN-TV are aired on "regional sports network "Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the first time in at least 35 years that non-nationally broadcast home games were seen locally, either over-the-air or on cable. On February 15, 2011, it was announced that the team had renewed their broadcast contract with WGN-TV for the next five years, starting in the 2011–12 NHL season. The deal was further extended for three more years on May 15, 2014, keeping the team on Channel 9 until the end of the 2018–19 season.
Radio broadcasts since the 1970s and into the mid-2000s varied between "WBBM (780) and "WMAQ/"WSCR (670), and often came into conflict with "White Sox baseball by the start of April. On April 30, 2008, the team signed a three-year deal with "WGN Radio (720 AM), with games airing alternately instead on "WIND (560 AM) in scheduling conflict situations during the baseball season due to the Cubs having contractual preference to air on WGN; these moved to "WGWG-LP (Channel 6/"87.7 FM, an analog television station carrying an audio-only sports talk format using a quirk in the FM band) in mid-2014 when Tribune began a local marketing agreement with that station's owner. During the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, the Cubs agreed to allow the Blackhawks games to be broadcast on WGN and have the Cubs revert to WIND when there was a conflict. This allowed the Finals games to be heard over a larger area due to WGN's clear-channel signal. All Blackhawk games are also streamed live on wgnradio.com, regardless of whether the games are on WGN or WGWG-LP. "WLUP-FM (97.9 FM) is also utilized as an alternate station.
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Blackhawks. For the full season-by-season history, see "List of Chicago Blackhawks seasons.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 ("Coyotes)
||"Stanley Cup Champions, 4–2 ("Bruins)
||Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 ("Kings)
||"Stanley Cup Champions, 4–2 ("Lightning)
||Lost in First Round, 3–4 ("Blues)
List of Chicago Blackhawks players
List of Chicago Blackhawks statistics and records.
Updated March 13, 2017.
||Anisimov, Artem"Artem Anisimov
||"Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
||Campbell, Brian"Brian Campbell
||Crawford, Corey"Corey Crawford
||Darling, Scott"Scott Darling
||"Newport News, Virginia
||Desjardins, Andrew"Andrew Desjardins
||Hartman, Ryan"Ryan Hartman
||"Hilton Head, South Carolina
||Hayden, John"John Hayden
||Hjalmarsson, Niklas"Niklas Hjalmarsson
||Hossa, Marian"Marian Hossa
||"Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia
||Jurco, Tomas"Tomas Jurco
||Kane, Patrick"Patrick Kane
||"Buffalo, New York
||Keith, Duncan"Duncan Keith ("A)
||Kempny, Michal"Michal Kempny
||Kero, Tanner"Tanner Kero
||Kruger, Marcus"Marcus Kruger
||Oduya, Johnny"Johnny Oduya
||Panarin, Artemi"Artemi Panarin
||"Korkino, Soviet Union
||Panik, Richard"Richard Panik
||Rasmussen, Dennis"Dennis Rasmussen
||Rozsival, Michal"Michal Rozsival
||Schmaltz, Nick"Nick Schmaltz
||Seabrook, Brent"Brent Seabrook ("A)
||"Richmond, British Columbia
||Toews, Jonathan"Jonathan Toews ("C)
||Tootoo, Jordin"Jordin Tootoo
||van Riemsdyk, Trevor"Trevor van Riemsdyk
||"Middletown, New Jersey
- 1 Both players that wore the #3 were honored.
- "Dick Irvin, 1926–1929
- "Duke Dukowski, 1929–1930
- "Ty Arbour, 1930–1931
- "Cy Wentworth, 1931–1932
- "Helge Bostrom, 1932–1933
- "Charlie Gardiner, 1933–1934
- "Johnny Gottselig, 1935–1940
- "Earl Seibert, 1940–1942
- "Doug Bentley, 1942–1944
- "Clint Smith, 1944–1945
- "John Mariucci, 1945–1946
- "Red Hamill, 1946–1947
- John Mariucci, 1947–1948
- "Gaye Stewart, 1948–1949
- Doug Bentley, 1949–1950
- "Jack Stewart, 1950–1952
- "Bill Gadsby, 1952–1954
- "Gus Mortson, 1954–1957
- "Ed Litzenberger, 1958–1961
- "Pierre Pilote, 1961–1968
- "Pat Stapleton, 1969–1970
- "Pit Martin, 1975–1976
- Pit Martin; "Stan Mikita; "Keith Magnuson, 1976–1977
- "Keith Magnuson, 1977–1979
- "Terry Ruskowski, 1979–1982
- "Darryl Sutter, 1982–1987
- "Bob Murray, 1985–1986
- "Denis Savard, 1988–1989
- "Dirk Graham, 1989–1995
- "Chris Chelios, 1995–1999
- "Doug Gilmour, 1999–2000
- "Tony Amonte, 2000–2002
- "Alexei Zhamnov, 2002–2004
- "Adrian Aucoin; "Martin Lapointe, 2005–2007
- "Jonathan Toews, 2008–present
Franchise scoring leaders
is the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer with 1,467 career points.
These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Blackhawks player
Attendance at United Center
Over 21,800 spectators on hand to see a 4–1 victory over the "Los Angeles Kings
Home attendance at United Center
The Blackhawks have led the NHL in attendance in each season from the 2008–09 season onward.
- Note: The 1994–95 and 2012–13 seasons were lockout shortened seasons. Only 24 games were played at the United Center during those seasons. No games were played in the 2004–05 season lockout.
NHL awards and trophies
List of Chicago Blackhawks award winners
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