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This Month in Blackhawks History: July 8, 1954

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 10:10 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
Tommy Ivan (center) stands with Ted Lindsay (right) and Glen Skov (Chicago Blackhawks Archive).

Blackhawks owner James Norris lured Detroit coach Tommy Ivan away from the Red Wings to become Chicago's general manager on July 8, 1954. The Hall of Famer was the guiding hand in turning the Hawks' hockey fortunes. In just five seasons, Ivan put together a farm team system and three straight playoff appearances. In 1961, behind Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall and Pierre Pilote, the Blackhawks beat Ivan’s former team to capture its third Stanley Cup championship.