Chicago Blackhawks History
The Chicago Blackhawks formed in 1926 and joined the NHL during its first season as
one of the Original Six franchises. The Blackhawks have won five Stanley Cup Championships including last year's and are looking
to defend the title successfully in the 2014 NHL Playoffs. The Blackhawks also won the President's Trophy last year, only
the second in the history of the franchise, the other being in the 1990-1991 season. The Blackhawks first reached the Stanley
Cup Finals in 1931 but came up short and it was not until 1934 that they won their first championship. The Blackhawks would
win again in 1938, but it would not be until the 1960-1961 season that the Blackhawks would once again win the Stanley Cup.
It was another long wait for a championship in Chicago after 1961 when despite having great teams in the early Nineties behind
Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick and the like, the Blackhawks would not win their next Stanley Cup until 2010. In recent yeras
the Blackhawks have been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL and were the last team standing in the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
The team is currently preparing for a defense of their title in this year's playoffs.
About the Team
Chicago Blackhawks currently sit in second place in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, just a few points behind
the division leading St. Louis Blues. There is still time left in the season for the Hawks to make a big move and finish on
top, earning several important home games during the playoffs in their defense of the title. The Blackhawks have the number
one scoring offense in the NHL which is led by the team's highest point scorer Patrick Kane, leading goal scorer Patrick Sharpe,
and leading assist man Duncan Keith. The defense is shored up in the back with goalie Corey Crawford and assistant captain
defenseman Duncan Keith. Not only will the Blackhawks need a strong finish to the regular season if they want to pass the
St. Louis Blues, but they will also need it to fend off the hard charging Colorado Avalanche who sit right behind them in
the division standings. Be sure to get tickets from StubHub for all of the exciting action of the Chicago Blackhawks' stretch
run and playoff competition.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports
fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Chicago Blackhawks are
some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game day at United Center the fans file in and take their
seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the
puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous,
bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire
for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and
your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is
ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you
thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Western Conference Central Division
The Central Division is currently made up of seven teams: the Chicago
Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues, and
the Winnipeg Jets. The conference is a perfect mix of some of the oldest and most storied franchises in the history of the
sport in the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, along with some of the newer teams who joined the NHL in the NHL's
expansion between 1998 and 2000 including the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, and the Winnipeg Jets (who joined as
the Atlanta Thrashers before moving to Winnipeg and taking the previous franchise's name). The Blackhawks have been the most
successful team in the division of late, having won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and in 2013. Six Stanley Cup winners have come
from the Central Division, two by the Chicago Blackhawks and four by the Detroit Redwings who are no longer in the division.
The Blackhawks were known as the Black Hawks until 1986 when the two words were combined. Seven former
Blackhawks have had their numbers retired by the franchise: Glenn Hal, Keith Magnuson, Pierre Pilote, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard,
Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito. The number 3 has been retired twice and was worn by both Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote.