Chicago Black Hawks Goalie Glen Hall (Photo Courtesy of www.greatesthockeylegends.com)
In today’s Throwback Thursday segment I would like to focus on an event that happened 26 years ago on this same day in Chicago Blackhawks history. On November 20, 1988 the Chicago Blackhawks were to take on the Vancouver Canucks on home ice but before the game was to start a ceremony was held to retire the 1st and 2nd jerseys in franchise history. This event was truly a very special part of the Blackhawks history honoring their two greatest goalies ever.
The first person to have the great honors was of course Glenn Hall #1. One of the greatest goalies of all time, Glenn Hall played with the Chicago Blackhawks for a total of 10 seasons from 1957-1967. During that time frame he played in 618 games in goal while winning 275 games and losing 229 of those. His 502 consecutive games played is an NHL record. Hall also had 106 ties plus overtime/shootout losses. His goals against average was 2.60 and he had 51 shutouts to go along with those stats.
Glenn Hall also was able to accomplish several milestones along his career which ended with his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. He won the Calder Trophy after the 1955-56 season and didn’t look back. During the 1961 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Glenn Hall in net the Blackhawks emerged as the victor snapping a 23 year drought. He followed that season up with the Vezina Trophy and another one during the 1966-67 season while still with the Blackhawks.
You can view his November 20, 1988 jersey retirement video here!