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Chicago Blackhawks Jersey History
On the front of the Chicago Blackhawks jerseys is one of the most colorful, recognizable and popular logos in all of sports. Before 1986, there was confusion whether team’s name was spelled Black Hawks or Blackhawks. It was settled by going back to the original franchise documents where it was spelled Blackhawks. Outside of Chicago they are often called the Hawks by non-fans and sports writers. But to the faithful in Chicago, they are the Blackhawks. They were founded in 1926 and are considered among the so-called “Original Six” NHL teams along with the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ first owner was Frederic McLaughlin, who made his fortune in coffee. Many believe that McLaughlin gave the team the name Blackhawks because he was a commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I, nicknamed the “Blackhawk Division”. which was named after Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk nation, an important figure in the history of Illinois.
The team’s logo was originally designed by McLaughlin’s wife, Irene Castle. It was a crudely drawn native head in a circle. The design went through changes until the 1950s when it resembled the current logo. The logo has been untouched since the 1960s. It is generally regarded as the best logo in the NHL, and one of the best in all of sports.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ original colors were simply black and white. In 1934 red was added and the uniforms started to take on the look they have had ever since. One thing that has been consistent is the Indian head logo on the front of the jersey. For years, the logo was an emblem with a ring saying Chicago Blackhawks encircling the Indian head.
In the new design, introduced in 1955, the ring was dropped from the logo for a larger Indian head and a secondary logo consisting of a “C” with two tomahawks running through it were added to the shoulders. There was no writing on this design, just the players’ numbers and later the players’ names. This has been the fundamental design ever since.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been the Stanley Cup Champions four times, most recently in the 2010 season. They have reached the Stanley Cup Finals 11 times, the Conference Finals 15 times and have been division champions 15 times. The Blackhawks have been in the playoffs 55 times in their history.
In the rafters of the United Center in Chicago hang the jerseys of the some greatest names not only in history of the Chicago Blackhawks, but in the history of hockey: Glenn Hall, Jersey #1, Goalie, 1957-1967, also in the NHL Hall of Fame; Keith Magnuson, Jersey #3, Defense, 1969-1980; Pierre Pilote, Jersey #3, 1955-1968, also in the NHL Hall of Fame; Bobby Hull, Jersey #9, Left Wing, 1957-1972, also in the NHL Hall of Fame; Dennis Savard, Jersey #18, 1980-1990, 1995-1997, also in the NHL Hall of Fame; Stan Mikita, Jersey #21, Center, 1958-1980, also in the NHL Hall of Fame; Tony Esposito, Jersey #35, Goalie, 1969-1984, also in the NHL Hall of Fame.