Chicago Blackhawks 1934 Stanley Cup Champions ( picture courtesy of thirdstringgoalie.blogspot.com)
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On April 10, 1934 at Chicago Stadium the Chicago Blackhawks completed the upset of the Detroit Red Wings and won their first ever Stanley Cup. The Hawks won the best of five series 3 games to 1. and completed the series win with 1-0 double overtime winner. The star of the series was goalie Chuck Gardiner who won two overtime games (Game 1 and Game 4). Gardiner is the only goalie to have his named engraved as Captain on the Stanley Cup. Sadly, this was Gardiner last game he every played (he passed away that summer).
The 1934 Blackhawks with their names on the Cup are as follows.
- 5 Harold Mush March
- 4 John Sheppard
- 7 Rosie Lolo Couture
- 8 Paul Thompson
- 10 Bill Kendall
- 11 Leroy Goldsworthy
- 14 John Gottselig
No household names in that group, but they are all Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup champions. There always has to be a first, and this group was the first Chicago Blackhawk team to hoist the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks have their playoff ticket punched, but they can look back to this team that won the Cup 79 years ago today for what is waiting for them at the finish line and the differnce between a good team and legendary team.
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(1934 Blackhawks Roster was courtesy of Wikipedia.com)