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This Month In Hawks History: June

Tuesday, 06.02.2009 / 10:29 AM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
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This Month In Hawks History: June

Some memorable dates from this month in Blackhawks history:

  • Tony Esposito
    Hawks captain Dirk Graham scored the only hat trick of his Chicago playoff career on June 1, 1992. However, it wasn't enough to stop Pittsburgh from their second straight Stanley Cup as the Mario Lemieux led Penguins to the 6-5 victory and four-game sweep.

  • 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.