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Red, white, black[1]               

Media Comcast SportsNet Chicago WGN Sports WGN Radio
WGN Radio
(720 AM)

Owner(s) Wirtz Corporation

General manager Stan Bowman

Head coach Joel Quenneville

Captain Jonathan Toews

Minor league affiliates Rockford IceHogs
Rockford IceHogs
(AHL) Indy Fuel
Indy Fuel
(ECHL)

Stanley Cups 6 (1933–34, 1937–38, 1960–61, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2014–15)

Conference championships 4 (1991–92, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2014–15)

Presidents' Trophy 2 (1990–91, 2012–13)

Division championships 16 (1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2016–17)

Official website www.nhl.com/blackhawks

The Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks until 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL
NHL
teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal
Montreal
Canadiens, Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the NBA’s Chicago
Chicago
Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago
Chicago
Stadium.[2] The club's original owner was Frederic McLaughlin, who owned the club until his death in 1944. Under McLaughlin, a "hands-on" owner who fired many coaches during his ownership, the club won two Stanley Cup titles. The club was then owned by the Norris family, who as owners of the Chicago Stadium
Chicago Stadium
were the club's landlord, and owned stakes in several of the NHL
NHL
teams. At first, the Norris ownership was as part of a syndicate fronted by long-time executive Bill Tobin, and the team languished in favor of the Norris-owned Detroit Red Wings. After the senior James E. Norris died in 1952, the Norris assets were spread among family members and James D. Norris became owner. Norris Jr. took an active interest in the team and under his ownership, the club won one Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
title in 1961. After James D. Norris died in 1966, the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In 2007, the club came under the control of Rocky Wirtz, who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. Under Rocky Wirtz, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
three times within six seasons (from 2010 to 2015).

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 Founding 1.2 The McLaughlin era (1926–1944) 1.3 The Norris era (1944–1966)

1.3.1 1961 Cup win

1.4 The Arthur Wirtz era (1966–1983) 1.5 The Bill Wirtz era (1983–2007) 1.6 The Rocky Wirtz era (2007–present)

1.6.1 Rebuilding 1.6.2 2009–10: The Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
returns to Chicago 1.6.3 2010–2012 1.6.4 2012–13: Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
and the Stanley Cup 1.6.5 2013–14 1.6.6 2014–15: Sixth Stanley Cup 1.6.7 2015–present

2 Team information

2.1 Jerseys 2.2 Logo 2.3 Mascot 2.4 Fight and goal songs 2.5 National anthem 2.6 Practice facility 2.7 Circus trip

3 Media and announcers 4 Season-by-season record 5 Players

5.1 Current roster 5.2 Retired numbers 5.3 Hall of Famers 5.4 Team captains 5.5 Franchise scoring leaders

6 Attendance at United Center 7 NHL
NHL
awards and trophies 8 References

8.1 Further reading

9 External links

Franchise history[edit] Founding[edit] On May 1, 1926, the NHL
NHL
awarded an expansion franchise for Chicago
Chicago
to a syndicate headed by former football star Huntington Hardwick of Boston. At the same meeting, Hardwick arranged the purchase of the players of the Portland Rosebuds of the Western Hockey League for $100,000 from WHL President Frank Patrick in a deal brokered by Boston Bruins' owner Charles Adams.[3] However, only one month later, Hardwick's group sold out to Chicago
Chicago
coffee tycoon Frederic McLaughlin.[4] McLaughlin had been a commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I.[5] This Division was nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division" after a Native American of the Sauk nation, Black Hawk, who was a prominent figure in the history of Illinois.[5] McLaughlin named the new hockey team in honor of the military unit, making it one of many sports team names using Native Americans as icons. However, unlike the military division, the team's name was spelled in two words as the "Black Hawks" until 1986, when the club officially became the "Blackhawks," based on the spelling found in the original franchise documents.[6] The Black Hawks began play in the 1926–27 season, along with new expansion franchises Detroit Cougars and New York Rangers. The team had to face immediate competition in Chicago
Chicago
from Eddie Livingstone's rival Chicago
Chicago
Cardinals, which played in the same building. McLaughlin took a very active role in running the team despite having no background in the sport. McLaughlin hired Bill Tobin, a former goaltender who had played in the Western league, as his assistant, but directed the team himself. He was also very interested in promoting American hockey players, then very rare in professional hockey. Several of them, including Doc Romnes, Taffy Abel, Alex Levinsky, Mike Karakas and Cully Dahlstrom, become staples with the club, and under McLaughlin, the Black Hawks were the first NHL
NHL
team with an all-American-born lineup.[5] The McLaughlin era (1926–1944)[edit]

Vintage postcard view of Chicago
Chicago
Stadium.

The Hawks' first season was a moderate success. They played their first game on November 17 when they played the Toronto St. Patricks
Toronto St. Patricks
in the Chicago
Chicago
Coliseum. The Black Hawks won their first game 4–1, in front of a crowd of over 7,000.[4] They ended up finishing the season in third place with a record of 19–22–3. The Black Hawks lost the 1927 first-round playoff series to the Boston
Boston
Bruins. Following the series, McLaughlin fired head coach Pete Muldoon. According to Jim Coleman, sportswriter for the Toronto-based Globe and Mail, McLaughlin felt the 'Hawks were good enough to finish first. Muldoon disagreed, and in a fit of pique, McLaughlin fired him. According to Coleman, Muldoon responded by yelling, "Fire me, Major, and you'll never finish first. I'll put a curse on this team that will hoodoo it until the end of time." The Curse of Muldoon was born – although Coleman admitted years after the fact that he had fabricated the whole incident[7] – and became one of the first widely known sports "curses." While the team would go on to win three Stanley Cups in its first 39 years of existence, it did so without ever having finished in first place, either in a single- or multi-division format. The Black Hawks proceeded to have the worst record in the League in 1927–28, winning only seven of 44 games. For the 1928–29 season, the Black Hawks were originally slated to play in the new Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, but due to construction delays and a dispute between McLaughlin and Chicago Stadium
Chicago Stadium
promoter Paddy Harmon, the Black Hawks instead divided their time between the Coliseum, the Detroit Olympia
Detroit Olympia
and the Peace Bridge Arena in Fort Erie, Ontario. They moved to Chicago Stadium
Chicago Stadium
the following season. By 1931, they reached their first Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final, with goal-scorer Johnny Gottselig, Cy Wentworth on defense, and Charlie Gardiner in goal, but fizzled in the final two games against the Montreal Canadiens. Chicago
Chicago
had another stellar season in 1932, but that did not translate into playoff success. However, two years later, Gardiner led his team to victory by shutting out the Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
in the final game of the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals. The score after double overtime was 1–0. In 1938, the Black Hawks had a record of 14–25–9, and almost missed the playoffs. They stunned the Canadiens and New York Americans on overtime goals in the deciding games of both semi-final series, advancing to the Cup Final against the Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs. Black Hawks goalie Mike Karakas was injured and could not play, forcing a desperate Chicago
Chicago
team to pull minor-leaguer ( Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Hornets) Alfie Moore out of a Toronto
Toronto
bar and onto the ice. Moore played one game and won it. Toronto
Toronto
refused to let Moore play the next, and Chicago
Chicago
used Paul Goodman in game two and lost the game. However, for games three and four, Karakas was fitted with a special skate to protect his injured toe, and the team won both games. It was too late for Toronto, as the Hawks won their second championship. As of 2014[update], the 1938 Black Hawks possess the poorest regular-season record of any Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion. Further information: 1938 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals The Black Hawks returned to the Finals in 1944 behind Doug Bentley's 38-goal season with linemate Clint Smith
Clint Smith
leading the team in assists. After upsetting the Red Wings in the semi-finals, they were promptly dispatched by the dominant Canadiens in four games. The Norris era (1944–1966)[edit]

Ron Murphy and Eric Nesterenko battle in front of the Toronto
Toronto
net

Owner and founder Frederic McLaughlin died in December 1944. His estate sold the team to a syndicate headed by longtime team president Bill Tobin. However, Tobin was only a puppet for James E. Norris, who owned the rival Red Wings. Norris had also been the Black Hawks' landlord since his 1936 purchase of Chicago
Chicago
Stadium. For the next eight years, the Norris-Tobin ownership, as a rule, paid almost no attention to the Black Hawks. Nearly every trade made between Detroit and Chicago
Chicago
ended up being Red Wing heists. As a result, for the next several years, Chicago
Chicago
was the model of futility in the NHL. Between 1945 and 1958, they only made the playoffs twice. Upon Norris' death, his eldest son, James D. Norris, and Red Wings minority owner Arthur Wirtz (the senior Norris' original partner in buying the Red Wings 23 years earlier) took over the floundering club. They guided it through financial reverses, and rebuilt the team from there. One of their first moves was to hire former Detroit coach and General Manager Tommy Ivan as general manager. In the late 1950s, the Hawks struck gold, picking up three young prospects (forwards Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
and Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
and defenseman Pierre Pilote), as well as obtaining both star goaltender Glenn Hall
Glenn Hall
and veteran forward Ted Lindsay
Ted Lindsay
(who had just had a career season with 30 goals and 55 assists) from Detroit. Hull, Mikita, Pilote and Hall became preeminent stars in Chicago, and all four would eventually be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 1961 Cup win[edit] After two first-round exits at the hands of the eventual champions from Montreal
Montreal
in 1959 and 1960, it was expected that the Canadiens would once again beat the Hawks when they met in the semi-finals in 1961. A defensive plan that completely wore down Montreal's superstars worked, however, as Chicago
Chicago
won the series in six games. They then bested the Wings to win their third Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
championship. The Hawks made the Cup Finals twice more in the 1960s, losing to the Leafs in 1962 and the Canadiens in 1965. They remained a force to be reckoned with throughout the decade, with Hull enjoying four 50-goal seasons, Mikita winning back-to-back scoring titles and MVP accolades, Pilote winning three consecutive Norris Trophies, and Hall being named the First or Second All-Star goaltender eight out of nine seasons. Hull and Mikita especially were widely regarded as the most feared one-two punch in the league. However, despite a strong supporting cast which included Bill Hay, Ken Wharram, Phil Esposito, Moose Vasko, Doug Mohns and Pat Stapleton, the Hawks never quite put it all together. In 1966–67, the last season of the six-team NHL, the Black Hawks finished first, breaking the supposed Curse of Muldoon, 23 years after the death of Frederic McLaughlin. However, they lost in the semi-finals to Toronto, who went on to win their last Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
to date. Afterward, Coleman, who first printed the story of the curse in 1943, admitted that he made the story up to break a writer's block he had as a column deadline approached. The Arthur Wirtz era (1966–1983)[edit]

Goaltender
Goaltender
Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito
tallied a franchise-high 418 wins between 1969 and 1983.

James D. Norris died in 1966. One of his last moves in the NHL
NHL
was to arrange an expansion franchise in St. Louis, where he owned the St. Louis Arena. Tobin died in 1963, a club vice-president until his death. The ownership of the Black Hawks now came under the control of Arthur Wirtz and his son Bill Wirtz. Hall was drafted by the expansion St. Louis
St. Louis
Blues for the 1967–68 season, while Pilote was traded to the Maple Leafs for Jim Pappin
Jim Pappin
in 1968. In the 1968–69 season, despite Hull breaking his own previous record of 54 goals in a season with 58, the Black Hawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 1958—and the last time before 1997–98. In 1967, the Black Hawks made a trade with the Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
that turned out to be one of the most one-sided in the history of the sport. Chicago
Chicago
sent young forwards Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge
Ken Hodge
and Fred Stanfield to Boston
Boston
in exchange for Pit Martin, Jack Norris and Gilles Marotte. While Martin would star for the Hawks for many seasons, Esposito, Hodge, and Stanfield would lead the Bruins to the top of the league for several years and capture two Stanley Cups. In Boston, Phil Esposito set numerous scoring records en route to a career as one of the NHL's all-time greats. Nonetheless, in 1970–71 NHL
NHL
season, life was made easier for Chicago, as in an attempt to better balance the divisions, the expansion Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
and Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
were both placed in the East Division, while the Hawks moved into the West Division. They became the class of the West overnight, rampaging to a 46–17–15 record and an easy first-place finish. With second-year goalie Tony Esposito (Phil's younger brother and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie
Rookie
of the Year the previous season), Hull, his younger brother Dennis, Mikita, and sterling defensemen Stapleton, Keith Magnuson and Bill White, the Hawks reached the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
final before bowing out to the Canadiens. A critical blow to the franchise came in 1972–73, though, with the start of the World Hockey Association. Long dissatisfied with how little he was paid as the league's marquee star, Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
jumped to the upstart Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets
for a million-dollar contract. Former Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
star Andre Lacroix, who received very little ice time in his single season in Chicago, joined Hull, and the pair became two of the WHA's great stars. The Hawks repeated their appearance in Cup Final that year, however, again losing to Montreal. Stapleton left for the WHA too after that year, depleting the team further. While the team led or was second in the West Division for four straight seasons, for the rest of the 1970s, the Black Hawks made the playoffs each year—winning seven division championships in the decade in all—but were never a successful Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
contender, losing 16 straight playoff games at one point. The team acquired legendary blueliner Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr
from the Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
in 1976, but ill health forced him to sit out for most of the season, and he eventually retired in 1979, having played only 26 games for the Hawks. Mikita did the same the following year after playing 22 years in Chicago, the third-longest career for a single team in league history. By 1982, the Black Hawks squeaked into the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Norris Division (at the time the top four teams in each division automatically made the playoffs), and were one of the league's Cinderella teams that year. Led by second-year Denis Savard's 32 goals and 119 points and Doug Wilson's 39 goals, the Hawks stunned the Minnesota North Stars
Minnesota North Stars
and Blues in the playoffs before losing to another surprise team, the Vancouver Canucks, who made the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago
Chicago
proved they were no fluke the next season, also making the third round before losing to the eventual runner-up Edmonton Oilers. After an off-year in 1984, the Hawks again faced a now fresh-off-a-ring Edmonton offensive juggernaut of a team and lost in the third round in 1985. The Bill Wirtz era (1983–2007)[edit] In 1983, Arthur Wirtz died and the club came under the sole control of Bill Wirtz. Although the Black Hawks continued to make the playoffs each season, the club began a slow decline, punctuated with an appearance in the 1992 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals. During the 1985 playoff series against Edmonton, the Black Hawks and their fans started a tradition of cheering during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."[8] Moreover, prior to the 1986–87 season, while going through the team's records, someone discovered the team's original NHL
NHL
contract, and found that the name "Blackhawks" was printed as a compound word as opposed to two separate words, "Black Hawks," which was the way most sources had been printing it for 60 years and as the team had always officially listed it. The name officially became " Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks" from that point on. In the late 1980s, Chicago
Chicago
still made the playoffs on an annual basis, but made early-round exits each time. In 1988–89, after three-straight first-round defeats, and despite a fourth-place finish in their division in the regular season, Chicago made it to the Conference Final in the rookie seasons of both goalie Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
and center Jeremy Roenick. Once again, however, they would fail to make the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final, losing to the eventual champions, the Calgary
Calgary
Flames. The following season, the Hawks did prove they were late-round playoff material, running away with the Norris Division title, but, yet again, the third round continued to stymie them, this time against the eventual champion Oilers, despite 1970s Soviet star goaltender Vladislav Tretiak
Vladislav Tretiak
coming to Chicago
Chicago
to become the Blackhawks' goaltender coach. In 1990–91, Chicago
Chicago
was poised to fare even better in the playoffs, winning the Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
for best regular-season record, but the Minnesota North Stars
Minnesota North Stars
stunned them in six games in the first-round en route to an improbable Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final appearance.

The United Center in 2006.

In 1991–92 the Blackhawks – with Roenick scoring 53 goals, Steve Larmer scoring 29 goals, Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios
(acquired from Montreal
Montreal
two years previously) on defense, and Belfour in goal – finally reached the Final after 19 years out of such status. The Blackhawks won 11 consecutive playoff games that year, which set an NHL
NHL
record. However, they were swept four games to none by the Mario Lemieux-led defending Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
(who, in sweeping the Blackhawks, tied the record Chicago
Chicago
had set only days before). Although the 4–0 sweep indicates Pittsburgh's dominance in won games, it was actually a close series that could have gone either way. Game 1 saw the Blackhawks squander leads of 3–0 and 4–1, and would eventually be beaten 5–4 after a Lemieux power-play goal with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. The Blackhawks most lackluster game was game two, losing 3–1. A frustrating loss of 1–0 followed in game three, and a natural hat trick from Dirk Graham
Dirk Graham
and stellar play from Dominik Hasek (who showed indications of the goaltender he would later become) could not secure a win in game four, which ended in 6–5 final in favor of Pittsburgh. The defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls were in their finals in 1992, but won their championship in six. Although this was the only year the city of Chicago
Chicago
would host a concurrent NBA/ NHL
NHL
finals in the same year, Blackhawks head coach Mike Keenan would see this again in New York when he coached the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
in 54 years in 1994. Belfour posted a 40-win season in 1992–93 as the Hawks looked to go deep yet again, and Chelios accumulated career-high penalty time with 282 minutes in the box, but St. Louis
St. Louis
stunned Chicago
Chicago
with a first-round sweep to continue Chicago's playoff losing streak. Although they finished near .500 in 1994, the Blackhawks again qualified for the playoffs. They were eliminated by eventual Western Conference finalist Toronto, but broke their playoff losing streak at 10 games with a game three win. It wasn't enough, however, and the Blackhawks fell in six games. The 1993–94 season also marked the Blackhawks' last at the old Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, and the team moved into the new United Center in the lockout-shortened 1995 season. Bernie Nicholls and Joe Murphy both scored 20 goals over 48 games, and Chicago
Chicago
once again made it to the Western Conference Final, losing to the rival Detroit Red Wings. Also in 1994, management fired Wayne Messmer, popular singer of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Roenick, Belfour and Chelios were all traded away as the Blackhawks faltered through the late 1990s until they missed the playoffs by five points in 1998 for the first time in 29 years, one season short of tying the Boston
Boston
Bruins' record for the longest such streak in North American professional sports history. Chicago
Chicago
would also miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season in 1999, and would later miss the playoffs in 2000 and 2001. The millennium started with disappointment for the Blackhawks. Éric Daze, Alexei Zhamnov and Tony Amonte
Tony Amonte
emerged as some of the team's leading stars by this time. However, aside from a quick first-round exit in 2002 (where they lost to the Blues in five games after winning Game 1 of the series), the 'Hawks were consistently out of the playoffs from the 1997–98 season until the 2008–09 season, in most years finishing well out of contention, despite finishing in third place in the Central Division six times. Amonte left for the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2002. During the 2002–03 season, the Blackhawks finished third in the Central Division with 79 points, but would finish ninth in the Western Conference, which would make them miss the playoffs by 13 points. A somber note was struck in February 2004 when ESPN
ESPN
named the Blackhawks the worst franchise in professional sports.[9] Indeed, the Blackhawks were viewed with much indifference by Chicagoans for much of the 1990s and early 2000s due to anger over several policies instituted by then-owner Bill Wirtz, who was derisively known as "Dollar Bill". For example, Wirtz did not allow home games to be televised in the Chicago
Chicago
area, claiming it was unfair to the team's season ticket holders. He also raised ticket prices to an average of $50, among the most expensive in the NHL. The Chicago
Chicago
Wolves, an American Hockey League
American Hockey League
team based in Rosemont, Illinois, mocked the Blackhawks' struggle by creating a marketing slogan, "We Play Hockey The Old-Fashioned Way: We Actually Win."[10] Following the lockout of the 2004–05 season, new GM Dale Tallon set about restructuring the team in the hopes of making a playoff run. Tallon made several moves in the summer of 2005, most notably the signing of Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and All-Star defenseman Adrian Aucoin. However, injuries plagued Khabibulin and Aucoin, among others, and the Blackhawks again finished well out of the playoffs with a 26–43–13 record – next-to-last in the Western Conference and the second-worst in the NHL. The Blackhawks reached another low point on May 16, 2006, when they announced that popular TV/radio play-by-play announcer Pat Foley was not going to be brought back after 25 years with the team, a move unpopular amongst most Blackhawks fans. Foley then became the television/radio voice of the Chicago
Chicago
Wolves. With the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL
NHL
Entry Draft, the team selected Jonathan Toews, who led the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team to the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four. The Blackhawks were eager to make a splash in the free-agent market, and offered big money to many of the top free agents. They were, however, denied, only being able to acquire two backup goaltenders in Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
and Sebastien Caron. Chicago
Chicago
was one of the biggest buyers in the trade market, though, acquiring a future franchise player in left-winger Martin Havlat, as well as center Bryan Smolinski from the Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
in a three-way deal that also involved the San Jose Sharks. The 'Hawks dealt forward Mark Bell to the Sharks, Michal Barinka
Michal Barinka
and a 2008 second-round draft pick to the Senators, while Ottawa also received defenseman Tom Preissing and center Josh Hennessy from San Jose. Havlat gave the Blackhawks the talented, first-line caliber gamebreaker they so desperately needed. The Havlat trade was soon followed by another major trade – winger and key Blackhawk player Kyle Calder
Kyle Calder
was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
in exchange for grinding defensive center Michal Handzus. The move caused a stir in Chicago; Calder had won an increase in his contract through arbitration, which was accepted by the Hawks, but rather than ink their leading scorer, the Blackhawks decided to address their need for a proven center by acquiring Handzus. Injuries to both Havlat and Handzus hurt the Blackhawks, and Smolinski was eventually traded at the trade deadline to the Vancouver Canucks. On November 26, 2006, Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon fired head coach Trent Yawney and appointed assistant coach Denis Savard as the head coach. Savard had been the assistant coach of the Blackhawks since 1997, the year after he retired as one of the most popular and successful Blackhawks players of all time. The Blackhawks continued to struggle, and finished last in the Central Division, 12 points out of the playoffs. They finished with the fourth worst record in the NHL, and in the Draft Lottery, won the opportunity to select first overall in the draft, whereas the team had never had a draft pick higher than third overall. They used the pick to draft right wing Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
from the London Knights
London Knights
of the Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
(OHL). The Rocky Wirtz era (2007–present)[edit] Rebuilding[edit] On September 26, 2007, Bill Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Blackhawks, died after a brief battle with cancer.[11] He was succeeded by his son, Rocky, who drastically altered his father's long-standing policies.[12]

Jonathan Toews, at age 20, became the youngest captain in the team's history in 2008.

Midway into the 2007–08 NHL
NHL
season, the franchise experimented with a partnership with Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
and WGN-TV
WGN-TV
by airing selected Blackhawks home games on television.[13] During the next season, Comcast and WGN began airing all of the team's regular season games.[13] Rocky also named John McDonough, formerly the president of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs, as the franchise's new president.[14] Since taking over the position, McDonough has been an instrumental figure in the Blackhawks current marketing success.[15] Wirtz was also able to bring back former Blackhawks greats Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
and Bobby Hull, as the franchise's "hockey ambassadors."[16] In addition to the changes in the team's policies and front office, the younger Wirtz also made a concerted effort to rebuild the team.[17] The Blackhawks roster was bolstered by the addition of Patrick Kane, the first overall selection in the 2007 NHL
NHL
Entry Draft, who led all rookies in points.[18] Kane and Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
were finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best rookie. Kane ultimately beat his teammate for the award.[19] Kane finished the 2007–08 season with 21 goals and 51 assists in 82 games. The Blackhawks finished with a record of 40–34–8, missing the playoffs by three points. The 2007–08 season marked the first time in six years that the team finished above .500.[20]

The 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

The Blackhawks made several major roster changes before the 2008–09 NHL
NHL
season. The team traded Tuomo Ruutu, their longest tenured player, to the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
for forward Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
on February 26, 2008.[21] Later that day, the Blackhawks traded captain Martin Lapointe to the Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL
NHL
Entry Draft.[21] On the first day of free agency, July 1, the team signed goaltender Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
to a four-year US$22.5 million contract, and later signed defenseman Brian Campbell to an eight-year, $56.8 million contract.[22] The team also added former coaches Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville
and Scotty Bowman
Scotty Bowman
to their organization.[23][24][25] On February 13, 2008, the Blackhawks announced they would hold their first fan convention. On July 16, 2008, the team announced that they would host the 2009 NHL Winter Classic
2009 NHL Winter Classic
on a temporary ice rink at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
on New Years Day
New Years Day
against fellow "Original Six" member Detroit Red Wings.[26] The Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
defeated Chicago, 6–4. On June 16, Pat Foley returned as the Blackhawks TV play-by-play man, replacing Dan Kelly. Foley called Blackhawk games from 1981 to 2006 and spent the next two years broadcasting for the Chicago
Chicago
Wolves. Foley was partnered with Eddie Olczyk
Eddie Olczyk
to broadcast all of the Hawks games.[27][28] The Blackhawks relieved Denis Savard of his head coaching duties, and replaced him with Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville
on October 16, 2008.[29] Savard has since been brought back to the organization as an ambassador. Prior to the 2008–09 season opener, the Blackhawks named Toews, at 20 years and 79 days, as the new captain, succeeding the traded Lapointe and making him the third-youngest captain at the time of appointment. The Blackhawks finished the 2008–2009 regular season in second place in their division, with a record of 46–24–12, putting them in fourth place in the Western Conference with 104 points. The Blackhawks clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the 2001–02 season with a 3–1 win over Nashville on April 3. On April 8, with a shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks clinched their first 100-point season in 17 years. The Blackhawks beat the fifth-seeded Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
in six games to advance to the Western Conference Semi-finals for the first time since 1996.[30] The team proceeded to defeat the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
in six games.[31] The Blackhawks played the then Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champions, the Detroit Red Wings, for the Western Conference Championship. They lost the series to the Red Wings in five games.[32] During the 2008–09 season, the team led the League in home attendance with a total of 912,155, averaging 22,247 fans per game.[33] This figure includes the 40,818 fans from the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Therefore, the total attendance for games hosted at the United Center is 871,337, good for an average of 21,783 which still leads the league over Montreal's 21,273 average. The Blackhawks welcomed their one millionth fan of the season at the United Center before game six of the Western Conference semi-finals on May 11, 2009.[34] 2009–10: The Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
returns to Chicago[edit]

Chicago
Chicago
skyline with the CNA Center
CNA Center
showing the Blackhawks logo, the Smurfit-Stone Building
Smurfit-Stone Building
saying "Go Hawks" and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower saying "Hawks win" the night after the 2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals, viewed from the Petrillo Music Shell lawn in Grant Park

Prior to the 2009–10 NHL
NHL
season, the Blackhawks made another major free agent purchase, signing Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract worth US$62.8 million.[35] The team also acquired Tomas Kopecky, John Madden, and Richard Petiot.[35][36] In early July, General Manager Dale Tallon and the Blackhawks management came under fire when the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
Players' Association (NHLPA) claimed the team did not submit offers to their restricted free agents before the deadline.[37] In the worst-case scenario, the team's unsigned restricted free agents at the time, including Calder Memorial Trophy finalist Kris Versteeg, would have become unrestricted free agents.[37] Despite the ordeal, the Blackhawks were able to sign Versteeg and all of their restricted free agents before the NHLPA could take further actions.[37] On July 14, 2009, The Blackhawks demoted Tallon to the position of Senior Adviser. Stan Bowman, son of Scotty Bowman, was promoted to general manager.[38] The Blackhawks continued to sell out games, with the best average attendance of 21,356 over Montreal's 21,273 in the NHL, and had a total of 854,267 excluding the playoffs. The Blackhawks reached the one million mark in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
hoisting the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
and Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
holding the Conn Smythe Playoff MVP trophy, during the Blackhawks parade and rally

President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
talks with members of the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Champion Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks following a ceremony to honor the team's 2009–10 championship season on the South Lawn of the White House, March 11, 2011.

The Blackhawks re-signed Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
and Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
to contract extensions worth $31.5 million over five years, and Duncan Keith to a 13-year extension worth $72 million on December 1, 2009. On April 6, 2010, the Hawks won their 50th game of the 2009–10 season against the Dallas Stars, setting a new franchise record for wins in a season. The next night, April 7, the Hawks notched their 109th point of the season against the St. Louis
St. Louis
Blues, setting another franchise record. The Blackhawks made the playoffs for the second consecutive season with a regular-season record of 52–22–8. They defeated the Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
in six games in the first round, before defeating the third-seeded Canucks for the second straight year, again in six games. The Blackhawks then swept the top-seeded San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
in the Western Conference Finals.The team advanced to the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals for the first time since 1992, where they played the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks prevailed in six games to secure their fourth Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
in franchise history. The victory also ended the team's 49-year championship drought.[39] 2010–2012[edit] The Blackhawks immediately faced salary cap constraints prior to the 2010–11 NHL
NHL
season. The team was forced to trade many players who played an integral role to their 2009–10 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
victory, including Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel
Brent Sopel
, Ben Eager, and Colin Fraser.[40] The team was also unable to agree to terms with starting goaltender Antti Niemi, who left as restricted free agent to the San Jose Sharks.[41] The Blackhawks signed journeyman Marty Turco
Marty Turco
as his replacement, but eventfully turned to rookie Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
to become their full-time starting goaltender.[42] The Blackhawks also made a mid-season trade to acquire winger Michael Frolík
Michael Frolík
from the Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
in exchange for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman
Hugh Jessiman
and David Pacan.[43] Amidst the roster turnaround, the Blackhawks finished the season with a 44–29–9 record and placed third in the Central Division and eight in Western Conference. The team's playoff fate was determined on the final day of regular season.[44] The Blackhawks lost their regular season finale to the Detroit Red Wings, but received the final seed in the Western Conference after the Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
defeated the Dallas Stars.[44] In the first round of the 2011 playoffs, the Blackhawks faced the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks, which marked the third consecutive post-season the two teams faced each other.[45] The Canucks built a 3–0 lead in the series before the Blackhawks were able to win three games in a row.[45] Alex Burrows
Alex Burrows
won Game 7 for the Canucks in overtime, 2–1.[45] Before the 2011–12 NHL
NHL
season, the Blackhawks continued to make roster moves to optimize their salary cap situation. The team traded Troy Brouwer
Troy Brouwer
to the Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
for the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
2011 NHL Entry Draft
(Phillip Danault). The Blackhawks also traded defenseman Brian Campbell, who had one of the richest contracts in the franchise's history, to the Florida Panthers.[46] The team bolstered their forward depth by signing veterans Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, and Andrew Brunette,[47] while also acquiring goaltender Ray Emery
Ray Emery
to back-up Crawford.[48] The Blackhawks called-up prospects Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Nick Leddy
Nick Leddy
and Marcus Krüger, who became regular starters.[49] The Blackhawks placed fourth in Central Division with 45–26–11 and qualified for the postseason for a fourth consecutive season.[50] They faced the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
in the opening round, who ousted the Blackhawks in six games. The series saw five of the six games going to overtime, with Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell
(game two) and Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
(game five) scoring the only Blackhawk overtime winners of the series.[51] 2012–13: Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
and the Stanley Cup[edit] The Blackhawks started the shortened 2012–13 season with much success, by establishing several new franchise and NHL
NHL
records. On January 27, 2013, the Blackhawks set a new franchise record for starting the season 6–0–0 with a win against the Detroit Red Wings.[52] On February 19 the Blackhawks tied the NHL
NHL
record previously set by the Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
in the 2006–07 season for earning points in the first 16 consecutive games of a season, and beat the Ducks record (28 points) by one point.[53] On March 6, the Blackhawks extended the NHL
NHL
record to 24 games with a record of 21–0–3, and the franchise record for most consecutive wins to 11 games.[54] However, The Blackhawks lost 6–2 to the Colorado Avalanche on March 8.[54] It was their first loss in regulation and ended their 24-game streak in which they earned at least one point, an NHL
NHL
record to start a season.[54] The point streak was the third-longest in NHL
NHL
history.[55][56][57]

The 2013 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion Blackhawks meet U.S. President Barack Obama

The United Center also recorded its 200th consecutive combined regular season and playoff Blackhawks sell-out on March 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which began during the 2007–08 season with the game on March 30, 2008 against the Blue Jackets.[58] The Blackhawks won the 2012–13 President's Trophy
President's Trophy
for the best regular season record in the league and clinched home-ice advantage throughout the entirety of the playoffs.[59] After dispatching the Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
in the first round, the Blackhawks faced the Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
in the Western Conference Semi-finals. After winning the series opener, the Blackhawks lost the next three games, putting Chicago
Chicago
on the edge of elimination. However, the Blackhawks clawed back, eventually winning the series on a goal by Brent Seabrook
Brent Seabrook
in overtime of Game 7.[60] The team then defeated the Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
in five games to secure a second Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final appearance in four seasons.[61] The Blackhawks faced the Boston
Boston
Bruins, another Original Six
Original Six
team, in the 2013 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals.[62] It was the first time since 1979 that two Original Six
Original Six
teams have made the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals and the first time since 1945 that the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
were in the Conference Finals.[62] The Bruins made their second appearance in the Finals in three years (winning in 2011) and were making a similar resurgence as the Blackhawks. On June 24, the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
in the sixth game of the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final to win the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
for the 2012–13 NHL
NHL
season, having overcome a 2–1 deficit with just over a minute remaining.[59] Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell
and Dave Bolland
Dave Bolland
scored goals with 1:16 and 0:58.3 remaining in the game, just 17 seconds apart, to win 3–2.[59] 2013–14[edit]

The 2014 NHL Stadium Series
2014 NHL Stadium Series
at Soldier Field.

The Blackhawks began the 2013–14 season in hopes of becoming the first team to win consecutive Championships since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.[63] The team was dramatically altered in the off-season to remain under the salary cap.[64] The team traded Dave Bolland, Daniel Carcillo
Daniel Carcillo
and Michael Frolik in exchange for future draft picks, while parting ways with Ray Emery
Ray Emery
and Viktor Stalberg.[65] Despite these changes, The Blackhawks tallied a 28–7–7 record going into January 2014. The team played their second outdoor game in franchise history against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field
Soldier Field
as part of the 2014 NHL
NHL
Stadium Series. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins, 5–1, in front of 62,921 fans.[66] The franchise recorded its 2,500th regular season win, while head coach Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville
won 693 wins as a coach, the third most in the history of the NHL.[67][68] The Blackhawks finished the season with a 46–21–15 record, good for third in the Central Division. They opened the playoffs by losing two games to the St. Louis
St. Louis
Blues. The Blackhawks surged back with four straight games to win the series.[69] The team then defeated the Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
for the second consecutive year. However, the Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
defeated the Blackhawks in seven games and would ultimately go on to win the Stanley Cup.[70] After the season's conclusion, Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith
won the Norris Trophy
Norris Trophy
for the second time in his career, and Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.[71][72] 2014–15: Sixth Stanley Cup[edit]

The Blackhawks faced the Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
at Nationals Park
Nationals Park
on New Years Day 2015.

The Blackhawks' roster remained largely intact following the 2013–14 season. The team signed veteran center Brad Richards
Brad Richards
and rookie goaltender Scott Darling
Scott Darling
to one-year deals, and dealt defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders
New York Islanders
for three prospects.[73][74][75] For the first half of the season, Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
led the team in scoring and points. The Blackhawks mustered a 30–15–2 record going into the All-Star break.[76] The Blackhawks sent six players to the All-Star Game, including Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford.[77] The team also played in the 2015 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic at Nationals Park
Nationals Park
in Washington, D.C., where they lost to the Washington Capitals, 3–2.[78] However, in late February, Kane suffered a shoulder injury that was expected to sideline him for the remainder of the regular season and much of the playoffs.[79] The team called up rookie Teuvo Teravainen from the American Hockey League, and traded their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
2015 NHL Entry Draft
to acquire center Antoine Vermette
Antoine Vermette
from the Arizona Coyotes.[80] The Blackhawks also acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen
from the Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
for second round picks in 2015 and 2016,[81] and Andrew Desjardins
Andrew Desjardins
from the San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
in exchange for Ben Smith.[82] The Blackhawks finished the season with a 48–28–6 record, placing third in their division. The team allowed the fewest goals in the NHL.[83] Kane recovered quicker than projected and was ready for the start of the playoffs.[84] The Blackhawks dispatched the Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
in six games, and swept the Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in seven years.[85] The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
held a 3–2 lead in the series, but the Blackhawks rallied back in the series to win games six and seven. The team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
in the 2015 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals to secure their third Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
in six seasons.[86]

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President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
welcomes the Blackhawks to the White House
White House
for a third time to commemorate the team's 2014-15 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
victory.

2015–present[edit] The Blackhawks' roster experienced another dramatic reconstruction before the 2015–16 NHL
NHL
season. The team was unable to come to terms with pending free-agent, Brandon Saad, who had played a pivotal role in the 2015 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs.[87] The Blackhawks traded Saad's negotiation rights, along with prospects Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta, to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Marko Daňo, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin
Jeremy Morin
and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL
NHL
Entry Draft.[88] The Blackhawks were unable to re-sign unrestricted free-agents Brad Richards, Antoine Vermette, and Johnny Oduya due to salary cap constraints.[89] The team then traded long-time veteran and fan-favorite Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp
along with Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars
in exchange for Trevor Daley
Trevor Daley
and forward Ryan Garbutt
Ryan Garbutt
in order to stay under the salary cap.[90] Amidst the roster turnover, the Blackhawks signed free agent Artemi Panarin
Artemi Panarin
from the KHL to an entry-level deal.[91] The Blackhawks offense was led by Patrick Kane, who tallied a league-best 106 points in 2015-16. Kane was the NHL's leading scorer, and won the MVP award for the season.[92] Panarin, who skated on Kane's line, won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best first year player.[93] Midway through the season, the Blackhawks attempted to supplement their roster by making several trades. The Blackhawks dealt Jeremy Morin
Jeremy Morin
to the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
in exchange for Richard Pánik.[94] The team then reacquired Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
from the Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets
in exchange for their first round selection in the 2016 NHL
NHL
Entry Draft and Marko Dano.[95] The team then traded Phillip Danault and their 2018 second round pick to the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
in exchange for forwards Dale Weise
Dale Weise
and Tomas Fleischmann.[96] The team finished with a 46-26-9 record, good for 103 points and third place in their division. The Blackhawks were defeated by the St. Louis
St. Louis
Blues in a seven-game series in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.[97] The loss marked the Blackhawks earliest postseason exit since 2012.[98] Salary cap constraints forced the Blackhawks to make additional trades before the 2016–17 NHL
NHL
season. The team traded pending free-agent Andrew Shaw to Montreal
Montreal
in exchange for two-second round 2016 draft picks.[99] The Blackhawks also traded Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell
and Teuvo Teräväinen to the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
in exchange for another 2016 second round pick in order to free additional salary cap space.[100] The Blackhawks signed veteran Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell
and KHL stand-out Michal Kempný during free agency.[101][102] The team then turned to their farm system to replenish their depth. The Blackhawks promoted rookies Ryan Hartman, Gustav Forsling, Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and Vince Hinostroza to their starting line-up to fill the vacancies left by Shaw, Bickell, and Teräväinen.[103] Kane spearheaded the Blackhawks offense with 34 goals and 55 assists, tying for second in scoring during the regular season among all skaters.[104] He was aided by his linemate, Panarin, who scored 31 goals and 43 assists.[104] In addition to Kane and Panarin, Jonathan Toews, Marián Hossa, Artem Anisimov, and Richard Pánik
Richard Pánik
each also scored at least 20 goals.[105] Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith, and Corey Crawford were selected to play in the All-Star Game.[106] The Blackhawks finished the season with 109 points, placing first in the Central Division and earning the top-seed in the Western Conference for the 2017 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs.[104] However, they were swept in the first round by the eighth-seeded Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
in one of the biggest upsets in NHL
NHL
playoff history; this was the first time that an eighth seed swept a playoff series against the top team in the conference.[107] Goaltender
Goaltender
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
and the Predators' defense marginalized the Blackhawks' offense, limiting the team to only three total goals in the series, including a pair of shutouts in Game 1 (1-0) and Game 2 (5-0) at the United Center to begin the series.[108] Prior to the 2017–18 season, the Blackhawks revealed that Marian Hossa would miss the entire 2017–18 season due to a progressive skin disorder.[109][110] The team made two major trades before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft; veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes
for Connor Murphy
Connor Murphy
and Laurent Dauphin, while Artemi Panarin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
to reacquire Brandon Saad in a four-player deal.[111] Both Hjalmarsson and Hossa were core-members of the Blackhawks roster that won three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013, and 2015.[111] The team also traded Scott Darling
Scott Darling
to the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
and center Marcus Kruger to the Vegas Golden Knights, while also losing defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft and Brian Campbell, who retired.[112] The Blackhawks acquired wingers Patrick Sharp, Tommy Wingels, and Lance Bouma
Lance Bouma
in free agency.[112] The Blackhawks opened the 2017–18 season with a resounding 10–1 victory over the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Penguins.[113] The Blackhawks were four games above .500 with an 18–14–6 record at the end of December 2017, and only four points out of a playoff spot.[114] However, goaltender Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
missed much of 2018 due to an upper-body injury.[115] Inconsistent defense and goaltending, coupled with limited offense resulted in the team falling to the bottom of the Central Division.[116][117] The Blackhawks were eliminated from playoff contention on March 20, 2018, marking the first time in nine years that the team failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.[117] Team information[edit] Jerseys[edit]

The Blackhawks have donned Camouflage
Camouflage
practice jerseys for Veterans Day to show support for servicemen since 2009.

The Blackhawks wear predominantly red jerseys featuring three sets of black and white stripes along the sleeves and waist.[118][119] The team's logo is displayed on the front of each jersey, along with a 'C', representing 'Chicago', on each shoulder with two crossed tomahawks.[118] The Blackhawks debuted this design in 1955, and have since only made minor modifications to the jersey.[118][119] In 2007, The Blackhawks along with all other NHL
NHL
teams, made minute changes to their uniforms by adding larger logo, a new collar with the NHL
NHL
logo and a 'baseball-style cut along the bottom.[120] The team previously donned alternate third jersey that was primarily black with red and white stripes between 1996 and 2007.[119][121] The Blackhawks brought this design back in 2008, before making their 2009 Winter Classic jerseys their alternates between 2009-11. The team has not used an alternate jersey home jersey since 2011.[118][119] The Blackhawks' uniform was voted one of the 25 best in professional sports by Paul Lukas of GQ in November 2004.[122] The Hockey News voted the team's jersey as the best in the NHL.[123] Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! Sports
listed the Blackhawks home jerseys as the second best NHL
NHL
jersey in the history of the NHL
NHL
in 2017.[124] The Blackhawks were voted to have the best uniform in the history of the NHL
NHL
in a fan-vote conducted by the NHL
NHL
in 2017.[125] Since 2009, the Blackhawks have worn special camouflage jerseys on Veterans Day during their pregame warm-ups. The jerseys are later sold in auctions to raise money for the USO
USO
of Illinois.[126] The Blackhawks wore jerseys based on the design worn in the 1936–37 season for the 2009 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic. The jersey is predominantly black with a large beige stripe across the chest (also on the sleeves), with a red border, and an old-style circular Black Hawks logo.[127] The Blackhawks used this Winter Classic design as their third jersey for the 2009–10 season until they retired after the 2010–11 season, with the only change in the design was by adding the familiar "C" with crossed tomahawks on the shoulders. For the 2014 NHL
NHL
Stadium Series, the Blackhawks wore a black uniform similar to the alternates they wore from 1996 to 2009, but the stripes around the waist are no longer straight, they are jagged around the sides in order to follow the shape of the bottom of the jersey. Keeping with stripes, the ones on the arms simply stop halfway round; angled numbers are above these sleeve half-stripes. On one shoulder is the familiar "C" with crossed tomahawks logo and the Chicago
Chicago
2014 Stadium Series logo on the other. Each 2014 NHL Stadium Series
2014 NHL Stadium Series
jerseys features chrome-treated logo designs inspired by the NHL
NHL
shield. The chrome crest was developed using new technology that fuses print and embroidery and allows logos to be displayed as a high-resolution image incorporated into the crest. As a result, the design reduces the weight of the crest, creating in a lighter jersey. Numbering on the back of the jersey is enlarged and sleeve numbers are angled to improve visibility in outdoor venues.[128] The team wore a uniform which was inspired by their 1957–58 jersey for the 2015 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic. This uniform is nearly identical to the road uniform that the Blackhawks currently wear. The main differences between this design and the current road design comes in the form of the lace up collar, the name/number block font (which is serifed), and the C-Tomahawk logo, which is mostly red, black, and white (with a tad bit of yellow) instead of being mostly red, yellow, green black and white.[129] For the 2016 NHL
NHL
Stadium Series, the Blackhawks wore a unique uniform for their game against the Minnesota Wild. This uniform is primarily white with black/red/black stripes on the sleeves and socks. The current logo is on the chest. Framed between the two black stripes and over the red stripe on the sleeve is the familiar "C" with crossed tomahawks. The collar of the uniform features two different colors. The four, six-pointed red stars from the Flag of Chicago
Flag of Chicago
is featured on the white portion of the collar, while the other side of the collar is black. Sleeve numbers have been shifted to the shoulders and enlarged. With the shoulders being black, the numbering is white. But, the numbering and lettering on the back is also enlarged and black in color.[130] For the 2017 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic, the Blackhawks wore uniforms very similar to what they wore at the 2015 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic. These new uniforms however feature a few modifications that were made to them. The most notable changes are to the logo and the cross tomahawks. The logo this time is the appropriate logo that the franchise used in 1957-65. But, they removed the roundel and the lettering so that just the logo itself stands out. The placement of the familiar "C" with crossed tomahawks is featured in the same position with the same striping pattern on the sleeve as the 2015 NHL Winter Classic
2015 NHL Winter Classic
uniform had. The only differences between the tomahawks from the 2015 NHL Winter Classic uniform and the 2017 NHL Winter Classic uniform are where the colors are placed for the tomahawk. The 2017 NHL
NHL
Winter Classic patch is featured on the right shoulder.[131] To honor the NHL's centennial year, a special anniversary logo was designed for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, which started on January 1, 2017 for all thirty teams, featuring a banner wrapped around the number 100 with the current NHL
NHL
shield in the foreground. Both the banner and the number 100 are in same silver colour as the NHL
NHL
shield.[132] The Blackhawks wore this logo patch underneath the numbering on the right-sleeve on both the home and away jerseys. The Blackhawks debuted this patch on their home jerseys on January 5, 2017 and then they debuted the patch on the away jerseys on January 13, 2017. All home and away jerseys for all thirty teams will continue to have patches of the NHL's centennial emblem for the 2017-18 season, located above or below the numbers on their right sleeves, for at least up to the playing of the NHL 100 Classic
NHL 100 Classic
on December 16, 2017.[133] Adidas
Adidas
signed an agreement with the NHL
NHL
to be the official outfitter of uniforms and licensed apparel for all teams, starting with the 2017–18 season, replacing Reebok.[134] The Reebok
Reebok
Edge template will now be retired in favor of the Adidas' ADIZERO template. The home and away uniforms that were debuted in the 2007-08 season remains nearly identical with the exception of the new Adidas
Adidas
ADIZERO template and the new collar. With the new collar, the NHL
NHL
shield remains but is no longer placed on a lower layer with flaps nearby, as it's now front and center on a pentagon with a new "Chrome Flex" style.[135] The waist stripes are now curved instead of being straight across. The Adidas
Adidas
logo replaces the Reebok
Reebok
logo on the back collar. Logo[edit] Further information: Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks name and logo controversy

This vintage logo was brought back in 1991 and 2008; it was their primary logo from the 1937–38 to 1954–55 seasons.

McLaughlin's wife, Irene Castle, designed the original version of the team's logo, which featured a crudely-drawn black and white Native head in a circle.[136] This design went through several significant changes between 1926 and 1955. During this period, seven distinct versions of the primary logo were worn on the team's uniforms. At the beginning of the 1955–56 season, the outer circle was removed and the head began to resemble the team's current primary logo. This crest and uniform went through subtle changes until the 1964–65 season; the basic logo and jersey design have remained constant ever since. In 2008, The Hockey News' staff voted the team's main logo to be the best in the NHL.[137] In 2010, sports columnist Damien Cox
Damien Cox
called on the franchise to retire the "racially insensitive" logo, saying that, "Clearly, no right-thinking person would name a team after an aboriginal figure these days any more than they would use Muslims or Africans or Chinese or any ethnic group to depict a specific sporting notion."[138] Furthermore, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) believes that all Native-themed logos, including that of the Blackhawks, "continue to profit from harmful stereotypes originated during a time when white superiority and segregation were common place."[139] The Blackhawks have worked with the American Indian Center to help educate their community and fan base by sharing Native American culture and history. Scott Sypolt, executive counsel for the American Indian Center, commented on the logo and name controversy: Joe Podlasek, the executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago, commented on their relationship, stating, "[The Hawks] are far and away ahead of everyone else in forward-thinking. What they have done is engaged the community. In the other cities (organizations) want nothing to do with native people but yet they're trying to say they respect us."[140] However, this stance is markedly different from the one taken by the American Indian Center up until recent years. In 2010, Joe Podlasek stated that, "The stance is very clear. We want the Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks logo to change. For us, that's one of our grandfathers. Would you do that with your grandfather's picture? Take it and throw it on a rug? Walk on it and dance on it?"[141] John Blackhawk, Chairman of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has suggested that the change in position may be tied to contributions the team has recently begun making to the center: "We all do contributions, but we don't do it for the sake of wanting to be forgiven for something we've done that's offensive." [142] Mascot[edit] The Blackhawks mascot is Tommy Hawk, an anthropomorphic black hawk who wears the Blackhawks' four feathers on his head, along with a Blackhawks jersey and hockey pants.[143] Tommy Hawk often participates in the T-shirt toss and puck chuck at the United Center.[143] He walks around the concourse greeting fans before and during the game.[143] The team introduced Tommy Hawk in the 2001–02 season.[144] Fight and goal songs[edit] "Here Come the Hawks!" is the official fight song and introduction of the Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks. The song was written by J. Swayzee, an avid Blackhawks fan, and produced by the Dick Marx Orchestra and Choir in 1968 and is heard quite often both in vocal and organ renditions during Blackhawks home games.[145] In late 2007 the song "Keys to the City" was released by Ministry & Co Conspirators as a gift to the Blackhawks organization.[146] The Blackhawks were one of the first NHL
NHL
teams to sound a horn whenever they scored a goal at home.[147] Bill Wirtz donated his yacht's horn to Chicago
Chicago
Stadium.[147] The goal horn became a popular trend among other NHL
NHL
teams after the Blackhawks played the Montreal Canadiens in the 1973 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals.[147] The Blackhawks began playing "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis
The Fratellis
as their official goal song during the 2008-09 NHL
NHL
season.[145][148] The Blackhawks also had dedicated goal songs for Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
("Rock You Like a Hurricane" by The Scorpions), Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews
("Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry), and Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp
("Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top).[149] National anthem[edit]

Jim Cornelison
Jim Cornelison
sings the "Star Spangled Banner" at the United Center

It is a tradition for Blackhawks fans to applaud and cheer loudly during the singing of the national anthem. This tradition originated during a 1985 Campbell Conference playoff game at Chicago
Chicago
Stadium versus the Edmonton Oilers.[150] Wayne Messmer, the Blackhawks home games national anthem singer from 1980 to 1994, was the anthem singer when this tradition began.[151] Jim Cornelison
Jim Cornelison
sings the national anthems for all home games and he is accompanied by organist Frank Pellico.[151] Before Game 2 of the 2010 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals at the United Center, the cheering during the anthem was registered between 116-122 decibels.[152] Practice facility[edit] The Blackhawks practice facility, the MB Ice Arena, is located in Chicago’s Near West Side. The 125,000 square-foot facility opened in 2017 and cost $65 million to construct.[153] The MB Ice Arena also serves as community center and hosts youth, high school, and adult hockey and ice skating programs.[154] Circus trip[edit] The Blackhawks and their arena mates, the Chicago
Chicago
Bulls, embarked on an annual two-week road trip in mid-November dating back to when both teams inhabited Chicago
Chicago
Stadium.[155] The Wirtz Family, who at one point owned the Blackhawks, Bulls, and Chicago
Chicago
Stadium, would lease the venue to circus acts and ice skating troupes.[156][157][158] The Blackhawks played between six and seven games in western Canada
Canada
and California during this time.[155] In November 2016, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would not be returning to the United Center in 2017.[155] Media and announcers[edit] Main article: List of Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks broadcasters For the first time in team history, all 82 games plus playoffs were broadcast on television during the 2008–09 season. At least 20 of them aired on WGN-TV
WGN-TV
(Channel 9), the first time the Blackhawks had been seen on local over-the-air television in 30 years. Games produced by WGN-TV
WGN-TV
through its WGN Sports
WGN Sports
department are not available in its superstation feed WGN America
WGN America
due to league broadcast rights restrictions. Other games not broadcast by WGN-TV
WGN-TV
are aired on regional sports network NBC Sports Chicago, the first time in at least 35 years that non-nationally broadcast home games were seen locally, either over-the-air or on cable. On February 15, 2011, it was announced that the team had renewed their broadcast contract with WGN-TV
WGN-TV
for the next five years, starting in the 2011–12 NHL
NHL
season. The deal was further extended for three more years on May 15, 2014, keeping the team on Channel 9 until the end of the 2018–19 season.[159] Radio broadcasts since the 1970s and into the mid-2000s varied between WBBM (780) and WMAQ/ WSCR (670), and often came into conflict with White Sox baseball by the start of April. On April 30, 2008, the team signed a three-year deal with WGN Radio
WGN Radio
(720 AM), with games airing alternately instead on WIND (560 AM) in scheduling conflict situations during the baseball season due to the Cubs having contractual preference to air on WGN; these moved to WGWG-LP (Channel 6/87.7 FM, an analog television station carrying an audio-only sports talk format using a quirk in the FM band) in mid-2014 when Tribune began a local marketing agreement with that station's owner. During the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, the Cubs agreed to allow the Blackhawks games to be broadcast on WGN and have the Cubs revert to WIND when there was a conflict. This allowed the Finals games to be heard over a larger area due to WGN's clear-channel signal. All Blackhawk games are also streamed live on wgnradio.com, regardless of whether the games are on WGN or WGWG-LP. WLUP-FM (97.9 FM) was also utilized as an alternate station.

Pat Foley – TV play-by-play Eddie Olczyk
Eddie Olczyk
– Lead TV analyst for NBC & TV analyst for Blackhawks John Wiedeman – Radio play-by-play Troy Murray – Radio analyst Gene Honda
Gene Honda
– Public address Luke Stuckmeyer – Rinkside reporter for games on NBC Sports Chicago Steve Konroyd – Co-Host of Intermission, pre-game & post-game reports, back-up TV analyst Pat Boyle – Host of Intermission, pre-game & post-game reports for games on NBC Sports Chicago Adam Burish
Adam Burish
– Co-Host of Intermission, pre-game, post-game, and intermission for games on NBC Sports Chicago Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell
– Co-Host of Intermission, pre-game, post-game, and intermission for games on NBC Sports Chicago Jamal Mayers
Jamal Mayers
– Co-Host of Intermission, pre-game, post-game, and intermission for games on NBC Sports Chicago Dan Roan – Host of Intermission, pre-game & post-game reports for games on WGN Chris Boden – Host of Intermission, pre-game & post-game reports for games on WGN Radio

Season-by-season record[edit] This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Blackhawks. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Chicago Blackhawks seasons. Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs

2012–13 48 36 7 5 77 155 102 1st, Central Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Champions, 4–2 (Bruins)

2013–14 82 46 21 15 107 267 220 3rd, Central Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Kings)

2014–15 82 48 28 6 102 220 186 3rd, Central Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Champions, 4–2 (Lightning)

2015–16 82 47 26 9 103 235 209 3rd, Central Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Blues)

2016–17 82 50 23 9 109 244 213 1st, Central Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Predators)

Players[edit] Main article: List of Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks players Further information: List of Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks statistics and records Current roster[edit]

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Updated April 4, 2018.[160][161]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace

7001150000000000000♠15 Russia
Russia
! Anisimov, ArtemArtem Anisimov 4.0 !C L 29 2015 Yaroslavl, Soviet Union

7001340000000000000♠34 Canada
Canada
! Berube, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Berube 1.0 !G L 26 2017 Repentigny, Quebec

7001500000000000000♠50 Canada
Canada
! Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford  1.0 !G L 33 2003 Montreal, Quebec

7001120000000000000♠12 United States
United States
! DeBrincat, AlexAlex DeBrincat 7.0 !RW R 20 2016 Farmington Hills, Michigan

7001140000000000000♠14 Sweden
Sweden
! Ejdsell, VictorVictor Ejdsell 4.0 !C L 22 2018 Karlstad, Sweden

7001910000000000000♠91 Canada
Canada
! Duclair, AnthonyAnthony Duclair  6.0 !LW L 22 2018 Laval, Quebec

7001310000000000000♠31 Sweden
Sweden
! Forsberg, AntonAnton Forsberg  1.0 !G L 25 2017 Härnösand, Sweden

7001300000000000000♠30 Canada
Canada
! Glass, JeffJeff Glass 1.0 !G L 32 2017 Calgary, Alberta

7001560000000000000♠56 Sweden
Sweden
! Gustafsson, ErikErik Gustafsson 2.0 !D L 26 2015 Nynäshamn, Sweden

7001400000000000000♠40 United States
United States
! Hayden, JohnJohn Hayden 4.0 !C R 22 2013 Chicago, Illinois

7001550000000000000♠55 United States
United States
! Hillman, BlakeBlake Hillman 2.0 !D L 22 2016 Elk River, Minnesota

7001480000000000000♠48 United States
United States
! Hinostroza, VinnieVinnie Hinostroza 4.3 !C/RW R 24 2012 Bartlett, Illinois

7001810000000000000♠81 Slovakia
Slovakia
! Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa  7.0 !RW L 39 2009 Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia

7001130000000000000♠13 Slovakia
Slovakia
! Jurco, TomasTomas Jurco 7.0 !RW L 25 2017 Košice, Czechoslovakia

7001640000000000000♠64 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Kampf, DavidDavid Kampf 4.0 !C L 23 2017 Jirkov, Czech Republic

7001880000000000000♠88 United States
United States
! Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane 7.0 !RW L 29 2007 Buffalo, New York

7000200000000000000♠2 Canada
Canada
! Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith (A) 2.0 !D L 34 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba

7001290000000000000♠29 Norway
Norway
! Martinsen, AndreasAndreas Martinsen 6.0 !LW L 27 2017 Bærum, Norway

7000500000000000000♠5 United States
United States
! Murphy, ConnorConnor Murphy 2.0 !D R 25 2017 Boston, Massachusetts

7001820000000000000♠82 United States
United States
! Oesterle, JordanJordan Oesterle 2.0 !D L 25 2017 Dearborn Heights, Michigan

7001320000000000000♠32 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Rozsival, MichalMichal Rozsival  2.0 !D R 39 2013 Vlasim, Czechoslovakia

7001440000000000000♠44 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Rutta, JanJan Rutta 2.0 !D R 27 2017 Písek, Czechoslovakia

7001200000000000000♠20 United States
United States
! Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad 6.0 !LW L 25 2017 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

7000800000000000000♠8 United States
United States
! Schmaltz, NickNick Schmaltz 4.0 !C R 22 2014 Madison, Wisconsin

7000700000000000000♠7 Canada
Canada
! Seabrook, BrentBrent Seabrook (A) 2.0 !D R 32 2003 Richmond, British Columbia

7001100000000000000♠10 Canada
Canada
! Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharp 6.0 !LW R 36 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba

7001950000000000000♠95 Canada
Canada
! Sikura, DylanDylan Sikura 4.0 !C L 22 2014 Aurora, Ontario

7001190000000000000♠19 Canada
Canada
! Toews, JonathanJonathan Toews (C) 4.0 !C L 29 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Retired numbers[edit]

The Blackhawks unveiled a sculpture honoring Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
and Denis Savard in 2000.

Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks retired numbers

No. Player Position Career No. retirement

1 Glenn Hall G 1957–1967 November 20, 1988

3 Keith Magnuson
Keith Magnuson
1 D 1969–1980 November 12, 2008

Pierre Pilote
Pierre Pilote
1 D 1955–1968 November 12, 2008

9 Bobby Hull LW 1957–1972 December 18, 1983

18 Denis Savard C 1980–1990 1995–1997 March 19, 1998

21 Stan Mikita C 1958–1980 October 19, 1980

35 Tony Esposito G 1969–1984 November 20, 1988

Notes:

1 Both players who wore #3 were honored. The NHL
NHL
retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL
NHL
All-Star Game.[162]

Hall of Famers[edit]

Sid Abel, C, 1952–1953, inducted 1969 Ed Belfour, G, 1988–1997, inducted 2011 Doug Bentley, LW, 1939–1952, inducted 1964 Max Bentley, C, 1940–1948, inducted 1966 Georges Boucher, D, 1931–1932, inducted 1960 Frank Brimsek, G, 1949–1950, inducted 1966 Billy Burch, C, 1932–1933, inducted 1974 Chris Chelios, D, 1990–1999, inducted 2013 Paul Coffey, D, 1998–1999, inducted 2004 Art Coulter, D, 1931–1936, inducted 1974 Babe Dye. RW, 1926–1927, inducted 1970 Phil Esposito, C, 1963–1967, inducted 1984 Tony Esposito, G, 1969–1984, inducted 1988 Bill Gadsby, D, 1946–1954, inducted 1970 Charlie Gardiner, G, 1927–1934, inducted 1945 Doug Gilmour, C, 1998–2000, inducted 2011 Michel Goulet, LW, 1990–1994, inducted 1998 Glenn Hall, G, 1957–1967, inducted 1975

George Hay, LW, 1926–1927, inducted 1958 Bobby Hull, LW, 1957–1972, inducted 1983 Dick Irvin, C, 1926–1929, inducted 1958 Duke Keats, C, 1928–1929, inducted 1958 Hughie Lehman, G, 1926–1928, inducted 1958 Ted Lindsay, LW, 1957–1960, inducted 1966 Harry Lumley, G, 1951–1952, inducted 1980 Mickey MacKay, C, 1926–1928, inducted 1952 Stan Mikita, C, 1958–1980, inducted 1983 Howie Morenz, C, 1934–1936, inducted 1945 Bill Mosienko, RW, 1941–1955, inducted 1965 Bert Olmstead, LW, 1948–1951, inducted 1985 Bobby Orr, D, 1976–1978, inducted 1979 Pierre Pilote, D, 1955–1968, inducted 1975 Denis Savard, C, 1980–1990; 1995–1997, inducted 2000 Earl Seibert, D, 1936–1944, inducted 1963 Allan Stanley, D, 1954–1956, inducted 1981 Jack Stewart, D, 1950–1952, inducted 1964

Team captains[edit]

Dick Irvin, 1926–1929 Duke Dukowski, 1929–1930 Ty Arbour, 1930–1931 Cy Wentworth, 1931–1932 Helge Bostrom, 1932–1933 Charlie Gardiner, 1933–1934 Johnny Gottselig, 1935–1940 Earl Seibert, 1940–1942 Doug Bentley, 1942–1944 Clint Smith, 1944–1945 John Mariucci, 1945–1946 Red Hamill, 1946–1947 John Mariucci, 1947–1948 Gaye Stewart, 1948–1949 Doug Bentley, 1949–1950 Jack Stewart, 1950–1952 Bill Gadsby, 1952–1954 Gus Mortson, 1954–1957 Ed Litzenberger, 1958–1961

Pierre Pilote, 1961–1968 Pat Stapleton, 1969–1970 Pit Martin, 1975–1976 Pit Martin; Stan Mikita; Keith Magnuson, 1976–1977 Keith Magnuson, 1977–1979 Terry Ruskowski, 1979–1982 Darryl Sutter, 1982–1987 Bob Murray, 1985–1986 Denis Savard, 1988–1989 Dirk Graham, 1989–1995 Chris Chelios, 1995–1999 Doug Gilmour, 1999–2000 Tony Amonte, 2000–2002 Alexei Zhamnov, 2002–2004 Adrian Aucoin; 2005–2007 Martin Lapointe; 2006 Jonathan Toews, 2008–present

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
is the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer with 1,467 career points.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL
NHL
regular season.

 *  – current Blackhawks player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Points

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G

Stan Mikita C 1394 541 926 1467 1.05

Bobby Hull LW 1036 604 549 1153 1.11

Denis Savard C 881 377 719 1096 1.24

Steve Larmer RW 891 406 517 923 1.04

Doug Wilson D 938 225 554 779 .83

Patrick Kane* RW 740 285 467 752 1.02

Dennis Hull LW 904 298 342 640 .71

Pit Martin C 740 243 384 627 .85

Jonathan Toews* C 717 272 350 622 .87

Jeremy Roenick C 524 267 329 596 1.14

Goals

Player Pos G

Bobby Hull LW 604

Stan Mikita C 541

Steve Larmer RW 406

Denis Savard C 377

Dennis Hull LW 298

Patrick Kane* RW 285

Jonathan Toews* C 272

Tony Amonte RW 268

Jeremy Roenick C 267

Bill Mosienko RW 258

Assists

Player Pos A

Stan Mikita C 926

Denis Savard C 719

Doug Wilson D 554

Bobby Hull LW 549

Steve Larmer RW 517

Patrick Kane* RW 467

Duncan Keith* D 421

Pierre Pilote D 400

Chris Chelios D 395

Pit Martin C 384

Attendance at United Center[edit]

Over 21,800 spectators on hand to see a 4–1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in 2015

Home attendance at United Center

Season Attendance Average

1994–95 499,445 20,832

1995–96 835,971 20,390

1996–97 795,165 19,396

1997–98 752,611 18,350

1998–99 710,530 17,329

1999–00 667,237 16,274

2000–01 614,875 14,996

2001–02 638,324 15,568

2002–03 606,580 14,794

2003–04 543,374 13,253

2005–06 546,075 13,318

2006–07 521,809 12,727

2007–08 689,377 16,814

2008–09 871,337 21,783

2009–10 854,267 21,356

2010–11 878,356 21,423

2011–12 882,874 21,533

2012–13 522,619 21,775

2013–14 864,624 21,615

2014–15 892,532 21,769

2015–16 896,240 21,859

2016–17 891,827 21,751

[163][164][165] The Blackhawks have led the NHL
NHL
in attendance in each season from the 2008–09 season onward.[166]

Note: The 1994–95 and 2012–13 seasons were lockout shortened seasons. Only 24 games were played at the United Center during those seasons. No games were played in the 2004–05 season lockout.

NHL
NHL
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Further reading[edit]

Goyens, Chrys; Orr, Frank; Turowetz, Allan; Duguay, Jean-Luc (2000). Blades on ice : a century of professional hockey. TPE Publishing. ISBN 0968622003.  MacFarlane, Brian (2000). The Blackhawks. Toronto, Ontario: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0773732527.  Pfeiffer, Gerald L. (1986). The Chicago
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Blackhawks : a sixty year history, 1926–1986. Chicago, Illinois: Windy City Pub. Co.  Weinberg, Mark (2000). Career Misconduct: The Story of Bill Wirtz's Greed, Corruption, and the Betrayal of Blackhawks' Fans. Blueline Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9780965631204.  Wong, John Chi-Kit (2005). Lords of the Rinks: The Emergence of the National Hockey League, 1875–1936. University of Toronto Press. 

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