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On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History-A Great Opening Night For Two Legends

By Keith Schultz

Apr 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A view of the Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita statues outside of the United Center before game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On October 23, 1965 at Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens, The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs to win their opening night contest 4-0.  Three of the four goals were scored by Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, which is one of an amazing 28 hat tricks that Hull recorded as a Blackhawk.

Also significant was that Glenn Hall pitched the shutout on opening night, this would be one of 51 shutouts the Blackhawks legendary goalie would have during his outstanding Blackhawks career.

The Blackhawks finished the 1965-66 season with a 2nd place record of 37-25-8. They couldn’t get pass the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the playoffs to return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

A great opening night for two legendary Blackhawks numbers (1,9) that hang near the recently raised 2013 Stanley Cup Banner happened on this date 48 years ago today! What is your favorite Bobby Hull or Glenn Hall moment?

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