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On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History- Happy Anniversary Blackhawks

By Keith Schultz

Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On November 17, 1926 the Chicago Blackhawks played their first game in franchise history.  The Blackhawks beat the Toronto St. Pats 4-1 for their first team victory.  The Blackhawks had been awarded to Fredric MacLaughlin on September 25, 1926 and just under two months later the Blackhawks were born and playing games in the  NHL.

The Blackhawks would win their first Stanley Cup only 8 years later and twice in the thirties. As we all know their have been now the Hawks have won 5 Stanley Cups in the Blackhawks 87 year history, with 2 of them coming in the last 4 years.

The Blackhawks have had great legendary players play for them from Glenn Hall, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson who have all had their jerseys retired while current players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith are in their primes in the beginning and middle of great Blackhawk careers.

The Blackhawks were good for a long time from 1969-1997 with the second longest playoff appearance streak in NHL history yet where never able to win one Stanley Cup during that stretch.  The playoff stretch was followed with the Dark ages of Blackhawks hockey when the team only made the playoffs once in a decade and had some of their worst win totals in team history.

Luckily with the help of the draft and some luck the Blackhawks were able to turn the darkest days into the current Golden Age of Chicago Blackhawks hockey.  This is the best possible time to ever be a Blackhawks fan so enjoy the ride!

On this date 87 years ago the best logo ever was worn for the first time and the Blackhawks franchise was officially born!