The National Hockey League granted a Chicago franchise to Major Frederick McLaughlin on Sept. 25, 1926, one of three American teams added to the league that year (along with the Detroit Cougars—later Red Wings—and the New York Rangers). McLaughlin, who had been a commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I, named the team in honor of his military unit, which took its "Black Hawks" moniker from Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk nation.
On July 31, 2008, the Blackhawks named NHL Hall of Famer and all-time winningest coach, Scotty Bowman, as Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations. Scotty's teams won 1,226 regular-season games and 223 playoff matches, and he was involved with 12 Stanley Cup championship teams. He is the only person to ever lead three different teams to Stanley Cup glory.
The inaugural Blackhawks Fan Convention was held from July 18-20, 2008, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The annual event, the first of its kind in the NHL, drew 10,000 fans.
|Patrick Kane's overtime winner in Game 6 gave the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
The Blackhawks captured their fourth Stanley Cup on June 9, 2010, on Patrick Kane's goal 4:06 into overtime at Philadelphia. An estimated 2 million Blackhawks fans turned out two days later in downtown Chicago to honor the new champions.
Patrick Kane scored his first playoff hat trick on May 11, 2009, at the United Center to help the Blackhawks beat Vancouver 7-5 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals and move on to the next round.
Stan Mikita and Bill White (above) tied an NHL playoff record by scoring two shorthanded goals in a period on May 3, 1973, in a 7-4 Stanley Cup Final victory over Montreal at the Chicago Stadium.
Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour won his third William Jennings Trophy on May 3, 1995, for allowing the fewest goals in a season. Belfour boasted a 2.37 goals-against average, including 5 shutouts, and let in just 115 goals.
May 2, 1996, was a good night for Jeremy Roenick as he tallied his third overtime goal in a Blackhawks uniform to secure a 3-2 victory over Colorado in the opener of the conference semifinals.
The Blackhawks crushed St. Louis 8-2 on April 30, 1990, in Game 7 of their division finals series. Steve Larmer tied Stan Mikita's playoff record with five points in a game (1G, 4A), a feat that was matched a third time by Jonathan Toews in 2010.
On April 30, 1985, team captain Darryl Sutter scored in overtime for the second straight game as the Blackhawks edged Minnesota 6-5 in Game 6 to clinch their division finals series.