We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing 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 as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.
Glenn Hall 1957-1967
Goals Against Average-2.60
Goals Against Average-2.85
Shut Outs- 5
Stanley Cup Champion-1961
Glenn Hall arrived in Chicago at one of it’s darkest era’s but it was a great trade (basically a steal) for the Blackhawks that brought Hall to Chicago, and the Hawks turned the corner from terrible team in the 50’s to one of the most exciting teams of the 60’s.
Hall played in the era of no mask and still somehow played every minute of every game in net for the Blackhawks for 502 straight games which is a record that unless something drastically changes in the NHL will never be broken. Not only was Hall in the lineup every night in net for the Hawks he pioneered the butterfly technique which revolutionized the goalie position.
Hall had a strange ritual before games basically being sick before the game but only the opposition left feeling uneasy after games with Hall in net. Hall is second all-time in Blackhawks history with 51 shutouts and 2nd all-time in wins, but he does have something that #1 on that list doesn’t and that’s a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.
Hall and the young Blackhawks won the 1961 Stanley Cup which is hard to believe with the talent on the team the only Cup the team won in that era, but they were an exciting team with great young talent that people from that era still talk about watching in the old Stadium to this day.
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Hall left Chicago in 67 to win his only Vezina trophy with the expansion St. Louis Blues, but on November 20, 1988 at Chicago Stadium his #1 was retired to the rafters as one of the greats to ever wear a Blackhawks jersey!!
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