We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.
Oct 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the Stanley Cup banners prior to a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Karakas doesn’t have a winning record for his career, but he helped the Hawks win the Stanley Cup in 1938. He broke his toe and missed the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals but returned in the last two games with a steel toed boot to finish off the Toronto Maple Leafs and help win the 2nd Stanley Cup in Blackhawks history.
Although Karakas is an original member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, he left the team because like a future owner of the Blackhawks (Bill Wirtz) ,the original owner of the Blackhawks refused to give Karakas a $500 dollar a year raise which wasted most of Karakas prime years in the NHL but he still ranks 7th all-time in Blackhawks career victories as a goalie.
Karakas was part of the only NHL game that played to a 0-0 tie without any penalties (no the Nashville Predators didn’t play in the 40’s) and he won a Stanley Cup which lands him in our Top 100 list All-time.
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Mike karakas (Picture Compliments of Blackhawks.com)