On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History

By Keith Schultz

Oct 22, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks legend

Bobby Hull

is honored with a bronze statues outside of the United Center before the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On March 12, 1966 at Chicago Stadium Bobby Hull provided a first in Blackhawks history in a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers.  Hull became the first Blackhawk to score 50 goals in a season. Hull ended up with 54 goals and 43 asssits for the NHL lead with both goals and points with 97.

Hull collected two awards this season with the Art Ross trophy for top scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP. The Hawks were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings.

Hull is only one of four Blackhawks ever to win the MVP award with Stan Mikita being the last Hawk to win the award in 1968.  Jonathan Toews was putting forth an MVP type season last year before being derailed by the concussion. Patrick Kane scoring has slowed down some but with a hot finish could be in the conversation for league MVP at the end of the day.

Hull was the first to score 50 for the Hawks on this date 47 years ago today!

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