Under McLaughlin, a "hands-on" owner who fired many coaches during his ownership, the club won two Stanley Cup titles. The club was then owned by the Norris family, who as owners of the Chicago Stadium were the club's landlord, and owned stakes in several of the NHL teams. At first, the Norris ownership was as part of a syndicate fronted by long-time executive Bill Tobin , and the team languished in favor of the Norris-owned Detroit Red Wings. After the senior James E.
Norris died in , the Norris assets were spread among family members and James D. Norris became owner. Norris Jr. After James D. Norris died in , the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In , the club came under the control of Rocky Wirtz , who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. However, unlike the military division, the team's name was spelled in two words as the "Black Hawks" until , when the club officially became the "Blackhawks," based on the spelling found in the original franchise documents.
The team had to face immediate competition in Chicago from Eddie Livingstone 's rival Chicago Cardinals , which played in the same building. McLaughlin took a very active role in running the team despite having no background in the sport; he hired Bill Tobin , a former goaltender who had played in the Western League, as his assistant, but directed the team himself.
He was also very interested in promoting American hockey players, then very rare in professional hockey. Patricks in the Chicago Coliseum.
The Black Hawks won their first game 4—1, in front of a crowd of over 7, However, they lost the first-round playoff series to the Boston Bruins. Following the series, McLaughlin fired head coach Pete Muldoon. Muldoon disagreed, and in a fit of pique, McLaughlin fired him.
According to Coleman, Muldoon responded by yelling, "Fire me, Major, and you'll never finish first. I'll put a curse on this team that will hoodoo it until the end of time. The Black Hawks proceeded to have the worst record in the league in —28 , winning only seven of 44 games.
They moved to Chicago Stadium the following season. By , with goal-scorer Johnny Gottselig , Cy Wentworth on defense , and Charlie Gardiner in goal , the Hawks reached their first Stanley Cup Final, but fizzled in the final two games against the Montreal Canadiens. Chicago had another stellar season in , but that did not translate into playoff success.
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However, two years later, Gardiner led his team to victory by shutting out the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals ; Mush March scored the winning goal in double-overtime as the Hawks beat Detroit In , the Black Hawks had a record of 14—25—9, almost missing the playoffs. They stunned the Canadiens and New York Americans on overtime goals in the deciding games of both semi-final series, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Black Hawks goaltender Mike Karakas was injured and could not play, forcing a desperate Chicago team to pull minor-leaguer Alfie Moore out of a Toronto bar and onto the ice. Moore played one game and won it.
However, for the third and fourth games, Karakas was fitted with a special skate to protect his injured toe, and the team won both games. It was too late for Toronto, as the Hawks won their second championship. As of [update] , the Black Hawks possess the poorest regular-season record of any Stanley Cup champion. After upsetting the Red Wings in the semi-finals, they were promptly dispatched by the dominant Canadiens in four games.
Owner and founder Frederic McLaughlin died in December His estate sold the team to a syndicate headed by long-time team president Bill Tobin. However, Tobin was only a puppet for James E. Norris , who owned the rival Detroit Red Wings. Norris had also been the Black Hawks' landlord since his 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 and , 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 s, the Hawks struck gold, acquiring 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.
After two first-round exits at the hands of the eventual champions from Montreal in and , it was expected the Canadiens would once again defeat the Hawks when they met in the semi-finals in 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 s, losing to the Leafs in and the Canadiens in They remained a force to be reckoned with throughout the decade, with Hull enjoying four 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, they lost in the semi-finals to Toronto, who went on to win their last Stanley Cup to date. Afterward, Coleman, who first printed the story of the curse in , admitted that he made the story up to break a writer's block he had as a column deadline approached. James D. Norris died in 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 , a club vice-president until his death. The Wirtz—Norris partnership dated over three decades; Arthur Wirtz had been a minority partner in the syndicate the senior Norris put together to buy the Red Wings in Goaltender Glenn Hall was drafted by the expansion St. In the —69 season, despite Bobby 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 , and the last time before — In , 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.
In Boston, Esposito set numerous scoring records en route to a career as one of the NHL's all-time greats. Nonetheless, in the —71 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. Long dissatisfied with how little he was paid as the NHL'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.dentminerow.tk
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However, the Hawks repeated their appearance in the Stanley Cup Final that year, again losing to Montreal. Stapleton also left for the WHA 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 s, 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 straight playoff games at one point.
The team acquired legendary blueliner Bobby Orr from the Boston Bruins in , but ill health forced him to sit out for most of the season, and he eventually retired in , having played only 26 games for the Hawks. Stan 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 , 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 NHL's Cinderella teams that year.
Louis 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 , the Hawks again faced a now fresh-off-a-ring Edmonton offensive juggernaut of a team and lost in the third round in In , Arthur Wirtz died and the club came under the sole control of his son 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 Stanley Cup Finals. During the 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 —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 s, Chicago still made the playoffs on an annual basis but made early-round exits each time. In —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. However, once again they would fail to make the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the eventual champions 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 s Soviet star goaltender Vladislav Tretiak coming to Chicago to become the Blackhawks' goaltender coach.
In —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. In —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 games won, it was actually a close series that could have gone either way.