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On November 17, 1926, 5,000 sports fans filed into the Chicago Coliseum to watch the first ever Chicago Blackhawks game, against the Toronto St. Pats. Major Frederic McLaughlin, who made his fortune in the coffee business, had paid $12,000 for the franchise. His new venture paid instant dividends when the Hawks upset the St. Pats, 4-1. Major McLaughlin's wife, Irene, designed the Blackhawks' first uniforms -- striped outfits of red, black, green, and beige, bright stockings modeled after Indian blankets, and ...
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On November 17, 1926, 5,000 sports fans filed into the Chicago Coliseum to watch the first ever Chicago Blackhawks game, against the Toronto St. Pats. Major Frederic McLaughlin, who made his fortune in the coffee business, had paid $12,000 for the franchise. His new venture paid instant dividends when the Hawks upset the St. Pats, 4-1. Major McLaughlin's wife, Irene, designed the Blackhawks' first uniforms -- striped outfits of red, black, green, and beige, bright stockings modeled after Indian blankets, and light tan gloves with fringed cuffs!

The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the most colorful and controversial teams in hockey for more than three quarters of a century. The Hawks first drank from Lord Stanley's Cup in 1934, and dominated the league in their Cup-winning quest of 1961. But for decades, the team has been haunted by the famous Muldoon Curse, each season battling, with traditional flash and gusto, to lift one of the sport's most enduring, and endearing, legacies.

From the days of the brilliant Bentley brothers, to the dynamite teams of the 1960s featuring Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote, goalie Glenn Hall, and the "Golden Jet," Bobby Hull, to the youthful teams under the leadership of speedster Tony Amonte, the Blackhawks remain one of hockey's greatest, and most infamous, franchises.

Fans of the beloved Blackhawks will be thrilled by this quirky, nostalgic look at the boys from the Windy City in this the final installment in Brian McFarlane's Original Six series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773732520
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Brian Mcfarlane's Original Six Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
1 Hockey Breezes into the Windy City
Birth of the Blackhawks 3
Muldoon's Irish Curse 6
Paddy Harmon's Legacy 8
Herb Gardiner a Rare Gem 9
Goalie Lehman Becomes a Coach 10
Godfrey's Grand Design 12
2 The First Golden Era
A Dummy in Goal 17
McLaughlin's Wife a Designer and a Dancer 18
Chicago's First Great Goalie 19
Hit Him Again, Tommy! 21
Al Melgard Couldn't Skate But He Played for the Hawks 23
Earl Seibert's Death Goes Unnoticed 24
The 1938 Champs 26
A Magic Moment for Alfie Moore 27
The All-American Team 30
Gottselig Born in Odessa 32
Chicago Stadium Hosts First NFL Title Game 33
3 Hard Times on West Madison Street
The Brilliance of the Bentleys 37
Chicago Fans Hostile to Clancy 39
Hawks Need Art, Art Kneads Dough 40
Sam Was a Survivor 42
Smitty Scores First Empty Netter 43
Bodnar's Two Remarkable Records 44
Culture Shock in Chicago for Bodnar 45
Gadsby a Survivor 46
Conacher Assaults Ref and Writer 48
4 Norris and Wirtz Take Charge
Old Man Roberts Gets the Call 53
Mosienko Sinks Three Fastest 54
Rollins a Member of an Exclusive Club 56
A Dynamite Deal with Detroit ... 58
... And a Dud 59
"Chief" Saskamoose Was the First Treaty Indian in the NHL 60
Tod Sloan Retired Happy 62
The Old Redhead's Last Game 64
Watson Shocked at Blackhawks' Approach 67
5 Muldoon's Curse Is Lifted
A Huge Victory over Montreal 73
Fleming Comes Through 75
Teammates Help Hull Win '62 Scoring Crown 76
Who Bashed Balfour? 78
Mahovlich for Sale--Or Is He? 81
Hall's Incredible Streak 83
Pilous Had Personality 85
Hull and Espo 87
Fifty-One Gifts for Hull 88
Hull's Record-Breaking Goal 90
Creating the Curved Stick 93
Perfect Pit Spoke His Mind 95
Out on a Ledge 97
Sockeye's Seen It All 99
Wharram's Career Ends in Heart Attack 103
Hawks Haunted by '67 Failure 104
6 Close, But No Championships
The Goalie Who Did Everything Wrong 109
Mikita Makes a Career Change--In the Penalty Box 111
One of the Greatest Games Ever Played 113
Hawks Had Great Defensive Duos 116
Hull Fights Ferguson 117
Hull Joins the WHA 118
Hawks Vote to Strike 120
The Atomic Redhead 122
Wildest Game in Chicago History 124
Bill Wirtz Meets the Duke 127
Tommy Ivan Passes 128
Pinder Pops Off 130
Blackhawk Goalie Helps Montreal to Cup Win 131
Hull Banished from Team Canada 132
Dennis Hull Signs for Ten Years 135
The New Chicago Stadium 144
Nesterenko Looks Back 145
Orr's Last Skate 146
Stapleton's Got the Puck 148
7 The Hawks Rebuild
Secord an Early Riser 153
Pilous Misjudged the Great One 154
Bobby Comes Back 156
Where Are the Coaches? 157
Savard Should Have Been a Hab 158
Praise for Pulford--And a Kick in the Ass 160
Roenick a Phenom 163
Remember Mount Orval? 165
8 A Decade of Instability
Goulet's Career Ends in Near Disaster 171
An Ugly Blow 172
Chelios Pops Off, Takes Off 173
A Stunning Playoff Defeat 175
Keenan Ruffles Feathers 177
Probert Deal a Costly Mistake 179
Don't Mess with Wirtz 180
Amonte Still Mourns Missed Cup Win 182
Larmer's Streak Ends on Bitter Note 183
Wirtz Livid, Team Doctor Quits 184
Graham Out, Molleken In and Out 185
Strachan Calls Hawks a Laughing Stock 187
Mike Smith's Biggest Challenge 188
The Blackhawks Through the Years 191
Blackhawks Rewarded for Excellence 215
Blackhawks in the Hall of Fame 219
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