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Hard-Nosed Fleming Scored Key '61 Cup Goal

Saturday, 07.11.2009 / 6:02 PM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
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Hard-Nosed Fleming Scored Key \'61 Cup Goal
Reggie Fleming
If you scan the team record section of the Blackhawks Meda Guide for Reggie Fleming's name, you won't find it. However, the popular hard-nosed forward scored a crucial goal when the Hawks last won the Stanley Cup on April 16, 1961 at the Olympia in Detroit -- a 5-1 decision to give Chicago the series in six games, 4-2.

The Red Wings scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead after one period. In the 2nd period, with Detroit pressing to expand their lead on a power play, Fleming picked up the puck and raced up ice to beat Detroit goalie Terry Sawchuk with a shorthanded goal to tie the game 1-1.

Teammate Ab McDonald gave the Hawks the lead when he scored in the final two minutes of the period, which proved to be the game and Cup winner. The Hawks added three more 3rd period tallies.

In recent years, Reggie, who became a Chicago area resident after his NHL career, had been in failing health and passed away at the age of 73.

Reggie played in 261 games plus 37 playoff contests in four seasons for the Hawks from 1960 to 1964. A Montreal native, he had a three-game NHL tryout with the Canadiens in 1960 before coming to Chicago in a nine-player deal that included Ab McDonald in June 1960.

With the Hawks, Reggie had 21 goals, 26 assists and 455 penalty minutes in regular season action. His key game-tying goal against Detroit was his first and only point of the 1961 post-season playoffs. The following year, he added his only other playoff goals (2).

Mainly used on the 4th line and as penalty killer, he was well liked by his teammates, as I am sure Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Ab McDonald will attest at the upcoming Blackhawks Convention.

Reggie was traded with Ab to Boston for Doug Mohns in 1964, winding up with 12 seasons in the NHL.

Our condolences go out to his family, plus the many fans who used to chant "Reggie, Reggie" at Chicago Stadium.