Chicago Blackhawks Team History
The Chicago Blackhawks franchise was established in 1926. The team’s name the Black Hawks was chosen by the team’s founder for the nickname of his army unit in World War I.
The team used a wide range of sweaters for the first 30 seasons of play; most commonly the team used black, white, and red colours, and stripes were a very common element in the team’s sweaters with a front crested logo.
The crest is a seal style logo that portrays an image of a Native American’s head. Around the logo in white said “BLACK HAWKS” and “CHICAGO”, with most of the logo being black.
By 1955, the team had introduced a more simple jersey design. The home jersey was red and the away jersey was white. The layout used a five band, black and white, stripping pattern on the sleeves and lower torso but the center stripe was red on the away jersey. The logo concept remained the same but was slightly redesigned. The logo was no longer a seal style logo and the head became much larger. More colours were added in addition to making the coloured sections more defined and detailed. The secondary logo on the shoulder featured a “C” with two crossed Tomahawks in front.
This design is fundamentally still the same today. There have been minor changes here and there but for fifty years the Blackhawks uniform has remained consistently recognizable over the years. Even in 2007 with the introduction of the Reebok Edge jersey the design stayed almost identical.
The Blackhawks have also introduced several alternate jerseys.
In 1996, the team launched a third jersey that was identical in layout to the other jerseys but use black as the base colour. This jersey was in rotation for 11 years. Despite being dropped for one year the black third jersey returned, the differences coming with the changes made from switching to the Edge jersey. This jersey was again only used for a single season.
In 2009, the team introduced a retro style alternate jersey. This jersey was the one worn by the team during its N.H.L. Winter Classic game, and by next season it would also become the team’s alternate jersey. The jersey uses a black base and incorporates elements from the sweater worn in 1935, with Chicago going back to their roots in developing their third jersey.
All Time Esteemed BlackHawks
• # 1 Glenn Hall 1957-67*
• # 2 Duncan Keith 2002-Current
• # 3 Keith Magnuson 1969-80*
• # 3 Pierre Pilote 1955-68*
• # 5 Brent Sopel 2007-Current
• # 7 Brent Seabrook 2003-Current
• # 9 Bobby Hull 1957-72*
• # 10 Patrick Sharp 2005-Current
• # 11 John Madden 2009-Current
• # 18 Denis Savard 1980-90, 94-97*
• # 19 Jonathan Toews 2006-Current
• # 21 Stan Mikita 1958-84*
• # 35 Tony Esposito 1969-84*
• # 39 Christobal Huet 2008-Current
• # 81 Marian Hossa 2009-Current
• # 88 Patrick Kane 2007-Current
* Denote retired number
Recent Top Draft Pick(s)
• 2009 – Dylan Olsen
• 2008 – Kyle Beach
• 2007 – Patrick Kane
• Rockford Ice Hogs of the American Hockey League (AHL).
• Toledo Walleye of the east Coast Hockey League (ECHL).