An Original Six club
The Blackhawks are one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, and have a storied past that includes four Stanley Cup championships and a long list of great players.
Their retired numbers include Bobby Hull, (9), Stan Mikita (21), Tony Esposito (35),Glenn Hall (1), Pierre Pilote and Keith Manugson (3), and Denis Savard (18).
Original Six teams have taken three of the seven Stanley Cups since the 2004-05 lockout, with the Red Wings winning in 2008, the Blackhawks in 2010, and the Bruins in 2011. This will be the first time that two Original Six teams meet in the finals since 1979, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers.
That year was the last of four straight Stanley Cups for the Canadiens, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976, and the Bruins in 1977 and 1978. The head coach of the Canadiens at that time was Scotty Bowman, who now serves as the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Blackhawks.