On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On April 16, 1961 in Detroit, the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in team history and first since 1938 by beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 for a 4-2 series win.
The Hawks had to beat the Montreal Canadians in the semi-final round which they did 4 games to 2. The difference in the series was Glenn Hall who was able to shut out the mighty Canadians in Game 5 in Montreal. When the Hawks won Game 6 in Chicago it meant the Hawks would be making their first Stanley Cup final since 1944.
The Hawks faced the Red Wings in the finals and after some very close games that the teams split in the first four contests before the Hawks easily won Games 5, 6 for the Cup. The Hawks were led by Pierre Pilote, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita in scoring to earn the Cup. It is still hard to believe with the talent on this roster that this is their only Cup of the era.
The names from the 1961 team that are etched on the Cup are as follows (Courtesy of Wikipedia.com)