The Chicago Blackhawks, more commonly referred to as the Hawks, were founded in 1926 in the Central Division of the NHL. Classified as one of the original six NHL teams, the Blackhawks have taken home 4 Stanley Cups and 14 division titles. The Chicago Blackhawks currently hold the Stanley Cup and are the defenders in the upcoming season after they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of the 2009-2010 season. As one of the first three American teams to enter the NHL, the Chicago Hawks have built a memorable history for loyal fans and residents of the Windy City.
Chicago won its fist Cup in 1934. After bouncing back from being labeled as the worst team in the NHL, the Blackhawks made it to the finals in 1931 where they lost to Montreal. While 1932 and 1933 were great seasons for the Blackhawks, they did not make it to playoff contention. Finally, after years of improvement, the Blackhawks defeated fellow American team the Detroit Red Wings for victory. Not only did the Hawks win, goaltender Charlie Gardiner managed a Stanley Cup shutout.
The seasons following 1934 win were not the best for the Hawks. It was not until 1938 that the Blackhawks just barely made it back to the playoffs with a record of 14-25. In both semifinals, the Hawks won with an overtime goal. In the finals, the Blackhawks had an injured goalie and a rookie minor-leaguer as their only replacement. While they lost Game 2, the Hawks became Stanley Cup winners after defeating Toronto in games 3 and 4. No other team has won the Stanley Cup with such a poor regular season record.
The Blackhawks had difficulty bouncing back from the death of owner James Norris. It was not until 1961 that the Blackhawks claimed victory again against Wings once again. After two years of losing to Montreal in the first round of the finals, the Hawks defeated them and won the series in six games. The Hawks broke a 25-year history of one in three teams winning the Stanley Cup and celebrated with pride.
After 1961, the Hawks were plagued with misfortune once again losing their owner to an untimely death in the beginning of the 21st century. After rebuilding the team, the Blackhawks finally brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago in 2010. Making the playoffs with a record of 52-22-8, the Hawks defeated the Predators in the first round and Canucks in the second round. After beating the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals, the Hawks advanced to face the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals. Patrick Kane scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 6 and brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago. In total there have been 4 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championships.