"History of The Chicago Blackhawks"
by Steve Fagiano
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Before 1986 the Chicago Blackhawks was spelled like this (Black Hawks) and are also known as the Hawks. The Chicago Blackhawks are obviously based out of Chicago, IL and were established in 1926. They belong to the Central Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won 4 Stanley Cup Championships to today's date and in my eyes are going to win another one this season of 2011. The Hawks are one of the original Six NHL teams. The original Six is Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadians, and of course the Greatest of them all the Chicago Blackhawks!!! The Hawks play out of their own rink located on Madison Street in Chicago called the United Center.

The Blackhawks Joined the NHL in 1926 and was the first out of the three teams to start up in the United States. After them, came the Detroit Cougars, now known as the Detroit Red Wings, the team that a true Chicago Blackhawk's fan should despise and never ever root for them in their existence. Also the New York Rangers were among the three. The Blackhawks first owner was" Coffee Tycoon" Frederic McLaughlin who was the commander of the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division in World War 1. This Division was nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division", after a Native American of the Sauk nation, Chief Black Hawk. McLaughlin finally named the team in honor of the military unit, making it one of many sports team names using Native American as an icon. The name stuck from there on out. In 1986 the club decided to name it the Chicago Blackhawks. Now you know how the Blackhawks got started, let's start with the 2007 -- present time.

On September 26, 2007 Bill Wirtz who was the Hawks long time owner of the Chicago Blackhawks past away due to a devastating struggle with cancer. After Wirtz's death, his son Rocky Wirtz began taking charge and following his father's long-standing policies and footsteps of the Chicago Blackhawks. In the middle of the 2007-2008 NHL season, the franchise experimented with a partnership between WGN and Comcast Sports Net my airing some of the Blackhawk's game on TV. During the 2008-2009 season, Comcast Sports Net and WGN began airing all the games on television. Rocky then named John McDonough, who was the president of the Chicago Cubs, as the franchise's new president. McDonough has led the Hawks in the right direction and started to promote and advertise for the Hawks. He has been establishing links between the Hawks and the very strong Cubs fan base in plenty of ways. First in April 2008, the Hawks announced a partnership with the Chicago White Sox. Within this partnership between the two franchises, the Blackhawks have a Zamboni race featuring Kane, Toews, and Keith on the jumbbotron, at every one of the White Sox home games. My favorite contribution that Wirtz did was bring back former Blackhawks greats like Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull and the franchise's "hockey Ambassadors." With doing this, they have like Esposito night and the first 20,000 fans will get a free bobble head or a free Esposito hat and he will even be out on the ice and drop the puck to the two captains for a picture before the game. This is just a good way to show their and our support and appreciation to the players as well as the "greats."

For the 2007-2008 season the Blackhaws finally did some adjustments to their unique jerseys. The Blackhawks unveiled the RBK Edge jerseys from Reebok like the other NHL teams. The Hawks New jersey's now have a new collar with the NHL logo very small on the v neck. Also on the bottom of the jerseys they have the "baseball" style cut to allow more movement and more comfortable for the players. After a one year absence period, the Hawks finally brought back their black third jerseys for several games in the 2008-2009 season. The black jerseys are my personal favorite because they look so sleek and good. For the best game ever . . . the Winter Classic in 2009 game they had special winter classic jerseys made for that game. The design was based on the 1936-1937 season. The jersey is mostly black with a large beige stripe across the chest and also on the sleeves with a red border, and an old-style throw back circular Black Hawks logo on the chest. The Blackhawks now use this Winter Classic design as their third jersey for the 2009-10 season, with the only one minor change being the tomahawks on the shoulders. The Chicago Blackhawks' Jersey was voted one of the 25 best in professional sports by Paul Lukas of GQ in November 2004. The Hockey News voted the team's jersey as the best in the NHL. In 2009, The Blackhawks also wore special camouflage jerseys on Veterans Day during their pregame warm-ups. The jerseys were later sold in auctions to raise money for the USO of Illinois. The camouflage jerseys cannot be found anywhere. I wanted one so bad and thought I would be the only person wearing it, but I could not find it anywhere!!!!

The Blackhawks mascot is Tommy Hawk, a hawk who wears the Blackhawks' four feathers on his head, along with a Blackhawks jersey and hockey pants. Tommy Hawks job is to get people to get ROWDY!!! During the games he goes to different sections and does the bass for LETS GO HAWKS and everyone screams along to him pounding on the drums. If you say it weak, he throws up his arms to tell everyone to get louder. Another job Tommy participates in is the T-shirt toss and puck chuck at the United Center during intermission. The Blackhawks introduced Tommy in the 2001-21010 season. Tommy's jersey also has WWW on it which stands for William Wadsworth Wirts to remember Bill Wirtz. Now that I told you about the history, the owners, the jerseys and the Mascot I hope you found this all interesting and that you learned a little something to pass on to the next hockey player or another Rowdy Hawks Fan!!!!!!

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Steve Fagiano
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