This Month In Hawks History: June
Tuesday, 06.2.2009 / 9:29 AM CT / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor
Some memorable dates from this month in Blackhawks history:
- On the same date in 1995, 25-year-old defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored in the first minute of overtime in the opening game of the conference finals to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 decision at Joe Louis Arena.
- The Red Wings took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series when Vlad Konstantinov scored midway through the second overtime at the United Center for a 4-3 verdict over the Hawks on June 6, 1995.
- On June 13, 1934, Hawks Hall of Fame goalie Charle Gardiner, who led Chicago to its first Stanley Cup Championship two months earlier, died of a brain tumor at the age of 29.
- Hawks general manager Tommy Ivan made the best waiver claim in team history on June 15, 1969, when he picked rookie goalie Tony Esposito for $25,000 from Montreal. Esposito holds the Blackhawks’ records for the most career shutouts (74) and wins (413) and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Two young Hawks celebrate birthdays this month: Dave Bolland turns 23 on June 5 and rookie defenseman Nicklas Hjalmarsson turns 22 on June 6.