1926–27 Chicago Black Hawks season
|1926–27 Chicago Black Hawks|
|General Manager||Frederic McLaughlin|
|Goals||Babe Dye (25)|
|Assists||Dick Irvin (18)|
|Points||Dick Irvin (36)|
|Penalties in minutes||Percy Traub (93)|
|Wins||Hugh Lehman (19)|
|Goals against average||Hugh Lehman (2.49)|
The 1926–27 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's first season. Chicago was awarded an NHL franchise. Most of the team's players came from the Portland Rosebuds of the Western Canada Hockey League, which had folded the previous season. The team would qualify for the playoffs in their first season, but lost in the playoff.
Coffee tycoon Frederic McLaughlin bought the team from the syndicate who had been awarded the franchise by the NHL. 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 "Black Hawk 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 team in honor of the military unit, and his wife, Irene Castle, designed the team's logo.
The team faced immediate competition from Eddie Livingstone's rival Chicago Cardinals of the American Hockey Association (AHA) which also played in the Coliseum. Both teams gave away tickets in droves and engaged in a price war. Under the financial strain, and pressure brought to bear on the AHA by the NHL, the Cardinals folded before the end of the season. The Black Hawks would sign away several of the Cardinals' players.
The Hawks would play their first ever game on November 17, 1926, at the Chicago Coliseum, defeating the Toronto St. Pats by a 4–1 score before an overflow crowd of 7,000 (the capacity was normally 6,000). Tex Rickard, who had orchestrated the start-up of the New York Rangers, organized the first game as a major social event, similar to the Rangers' own first home game. The game was a benefit, with proceeds going to a junior ice hockey league.
The Black Hawks would lead the league in goals scored with 115, however, they would also allow a league-high 116 goals, en route to a 19–22–3 record, good for third place in the American Division.
Babe Dye would lead the team with 25 goals, while Dick Irvin would have a club best 36 points, and finish second in the NHL scoring race by a single point to Bill Cook of the New York Rangers. Percy Traub would lead the Black Hawks with 93 penalty minutes.
|New York Rangers||44||25||13||6||95||72||56|
|Chicago Black Hawks||44||19||22||3||115||116||41|
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Record vs. opponents
|1926-27 NHL Records|
Schedule and results
|1||November 17||Toronto St. Pats||1–4||Chicago Black Hawks||1–0–0||2|
|2||November 20||Boston Bruins||1–5||Chicago Black Hawks||2–0–0||4|
|3||November 24||Detroit Cougars||1–0||Chicago Black Hawks||2–1–0||5|
|4||November 27||Pittsburgh Pirates||5–3||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2–0||4|
|5||November 30||Chicago Black Hawks||3–4||New York Rangers||2–3–0||4|
|6||December 1||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||New York Americans||2–3–1||5|
|7||December 4||Chicago Black Hawks||5–3||Montreal Maroons||3–3–1||7|
|8||December 7||Ottawa Senators||3–2||Chicago Black Hawks||3–4–1||7|
|9||December 9||Chicago Black Hawks||2–5||Toronto St. Pats||3–5–1||7|
|10||December 11||Chicago Black Hawks||3–0||Montreal Canadiens||4–5–1||9|
|11||December 15||New York Rangers||2–6||Chicago Black Hawks||5–5–1||11|
|12||December 18||New York Americans||2–4||Chicago Black Hawks||6–5–1||13|
|13||December 22||Montreal Canadiens||3–1||Chicago Black Hawks||6–6–1||13|
|14||December 25||Detroit Cougars||0–2||Chicago Black Hawks||7–6–1||15|
|15||December 29||Montreal Maroons||4–5||Chicago Black Hawks||8–6–1||17|
|16||January 1||New York Rangers||4–0||Chicago Black Hawks||8–7–1||17|
|17||January 4||Pittsburgh Pirates||2–1||Chicago Black Hawks||8–8–1||17|
|18||January 8||Chicago Black Hawks||4–0||Pittsburgh Pirates||9–8–1||19|
|19||January 11||Chicago Black Hawks||3–6||Boston Bruins||9–9–1||19|
|20||January 16||Chicago Black Hawks||4–5||New York Rangers||9–10–1||19|
|21||January 19||Toronto St. Pats||3–4||Chicago Black Hawks||10–10–1||21|
|22||January 22||Boston Bruins||2–2||Chicago Black Hawks||10–10–2||22|
|23||January 27||Chicago Black Hawks||2–4||Pittsburgh Pirates||10–11–2||22|
|24||January 29||Chicago Black Hawks||1–6||Toronto St. Pats||10–12–2||22|
|25||February 1||Chicago Black Hawks||3–4||Detroit Cougars||10–13–2||22|
|26||February 3||Chicago Black Hawks||0–3||Montreal Maroons||10–14–2||22|
|27||February 5||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2||Ottawa Senators||10–15–2||22|
|28||February 9||Ottawa Senators||3–5||Chicago Black Hawks||11–15–2||24|
|29||February 11||Montreal Canadiens||1–6||Chicago Black Hawks||12–15–2||26|
|30||February 13||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2||New York Americans||12–16–2||26|
|31||February 15||Chicago Black Hawks||0–3||Boston Bruins||12–17–2||26|
|32||February 19||Chicago Black Hawks||4–1||Detroit Cougars||13–17–2||28|
|33||February 23||New York Americans||1–3||Chicago Black Hawks||14–17–2||30|
|34||February 26||Montreal Maroons||2–1||Chicago Black Hawks||14–18–2||30|
|35||March 1||New York Rangers||0–3||Chicago Black Hawks||15–18–2||32|
|36||March 3||Chicago Black Hawks||1–7||Montreal Canadiens||15–19–2||32|
|37||March 5||Chicago Black Hawks||2–1||Ottawa Senators||16–19–2||34|
|38||March 8||Chicago Black Hawks||4–1||Detroit Cougars||17–19–2||36|
|39||March 13||Chicago Black Hawks||4–0||Boston Bruins||18–19–2||38|
|40||March 15||Boston Bruins||2–1||Chicago Black Hawks||18–20–2||38|
|41||March 17||Chicago Black Hawks||2–6||Pittsburgh Pirates||18–21–2||38|
|42||March 19||Pittsburgh Pirates||2–3||Chicago Black Hawks||19–21–2||40|
|43||March 22||Detroit Cougars||3–3||Chicago Black Hawks||19–21–3||41|
|44||March 25||Chicago Black Hawks||0–4||New York Rangers||19–22–3||41|
Chicago would earn a spot in the playoffs and face the Boston Bruins in a 2-game total goal series. The Bruins would win the opening game by a 6–1 score, while the teams would play to a 4–4 draw in the 2nd game, giving the Bruins the series win with a 10–5 total score, and ending the Black Hawks first season.
Boston Bruins 10, Chicago Black Hawks 5
|1||March 29||Boston Bruins||6–1||Chicago Black Hawks||0–1|
|2||March 31||Chicago Black Hawks||4–4||Boston Bruins||0–1–1|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;
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- Schreiber, Frank. "Blackhawks Win Hockey Opener 4–1". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19.
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