On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History

By Keith Schultz

Tommy Gorman Blackhawks Head Coach (picture courtesy of wikipedia.com)

On This date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On March 14, 1933 The Chicago Blackhawks became the first team in NHL history to forfeit a game (there have only been two in NHL history Montreal in 1955 the Richard Riot) Hawks Head Coach Tommy Gorman was ejected from the contest after allegedly fighting with referee Bill Stewart (Stewart ironically coached the Hawks to the 1938 Stanley Cup)

With Gorman ejected the Hawks players refused to take the ice and Stewart awarded the Bruins a 1-0 forfeit win. Gorman went on to lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup in the following season for the first Cup in Blackhawks team history.  Gorman would leave the Hawks the following season and coach the Montreal Maroons which would go on to win the Cup making Gorman the only coach to win back to back Cups with different franchises.

The only forfeit in team history happened on this date 80 years ago today.

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