The Chicago Blackhawks 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 (NHL). They have won four Stanley Cup Championships and fourteen division
titles since their founding in 1926. Since 1994, the
Blackhawks have played their home games at
the United Center afterhaving spent 65 years
playing at Chicago Stadium.Currently, they are the
defending Stanley Cup champions,having defeated the
Philadelphia Flyers at the conclusion of their 2009–10 season.
The Chicago Blackhawks joined the NHL in 1926
The team's first owner was coffee tycoon Frederic
McLaughlin, who outbid grain magnate James E. Norris
for the franchise. McLaughlin had been a commander
with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry
Division during World War I. This Division was
nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division", after a Native
American of the Sauk nation, Chief Black Hawk, who was
a prominent figure in the history of Illinois.
McLaughlin evidently named the hockey team in honor
of the military unit, making it one of many sports
team names using Native Americans as icons. For many
years, the name was spelled "Black Hawks." This issue
was finally settled in the summer of 1986 when the club
officially decided on the one-word version based on the
spelling found in the original franchise documents.
The Blackhawks season was a moderate success
Their first game was played against the toronto st. patricks @ the Chicago coliseum
The Black Hawks won their first game by beating the
St. Patricks 4 to 1. They ended up finishing the season
in 3rd place
from there the blackhawks went on to win the 1934/38 stanley cup
Before the Blackhawks went on to winning the 34 and 38 stanley cups the NHL went through a major hardship, which caused the NHL to go from 10 teams to 6 teams which was known as the "original 6 era"
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