Chicago Blackhawks: 63 Days Until Banner Raising

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

#63- There are no current or past Chicago Blackhawks that have worn the sweater #63

1963 was the last year until 1985 that a major Chicago team would win a Championship.  It wasn’t the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Chicago Bears won the 1963 Championship with a 14-10 win at Wrigley Field over the New York Giants.

1962-1963 Blackhawks

Record- 32-21-7 (2nd place)

Goals- Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita (31)

Assists-Stan Mikita (45)

Penalty Minutes- Eric Nesterenko (103)

Wins- Glenn Hall (30)

The Hawks had another good  regular season although they didn’t score as many goals as they normally did in the 1960’s.  The nemesis for the Blackhawks in the 60’s were either the Montreal Canadiens or the Detroit Red Wings.  In 1963 it was the Red Wings that fell behind 0-2 to the Hawks in Chicago, but won four straight games to close out the Blackhawks and head to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-2 series victory.

#63 All-time in Blackhawks Career Points- Clint Smith.  Smith played 202 games for the Blackhawks from 1943-1947 scoring 81 goals and 121 assists. 1947 would be the last season for Smith in his NHL career that spanned 11 seasons.

There is only 63 days left until the Blackhawks 5th Stanley Cup banner gets raised to the United Center rafters!

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