Stanley Cup History
Since their founding in 1926, the Blackhawks have won four Stanley Cup Championships. Their first came less than 10 years after their inaugural season, in 1934, when Chicago defeated the Detroit Red Wings three games to one (in a best-of-five series).
The Hawks won their second title just four years later in 1938, taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs in four games.
The Blackhawks then fell into a period of overall decline, with the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings dominating the Original Six era. They achieved some success over the next couple of decades; the Hawks had some good seasons, but did not win any championships.
That changed in 1961, when a Hawks team led by Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita defeated the Red Wings in six games, bringing the Cup back to Chicago for the first time in 23 years. It would symbolize a breakthrough for the franchise and the Hawks would remain competitive for most of the next decade, making it to the Finals in four of the next 12 seasons, but couldn’t break through and grab another Cup as Hull, Mikita, and other stars slowly aged and the Hawks fell back into decline.
The Blackhawks went almost 50 years before their next Stanley Cup, but it would be a young core of players in 2010 that would give Chicago its first Cup in almost five decades. Led by electric forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and shutdown goalie Antti Niemi, the Hawks took down the surprise Philadelphia Flyers in six games to finally bring the Cup back to Chicago.
With the win, Toews became the first Blackhawks player to win the Conn Smythe award for playoff MVP (the award was first given in 1965). The final goal of the series, scored by Kane in overtime of Game 6, became a part of Blackhawks and hockey lore, as the puck became lodged in the padding of the net after crossing the line, and in the ensuing chaos of Chicago’s celebration, the puck was lost and was never recovered. To this day, no one knows exactly what happened to the puck that ended the then-longest Stanley Cup drought in the NHL.