On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History- Mr. 500!

By Keith Schultz

Glenn Hall- (Mandatory Credit-HHOF.com)

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On January 17, 1962 Glenn Hall took to the ice at Chicago Stadium in his 500th consecutive game played. Ironically, Hall let in a 70 foot shot from center ice in on the first shot of the game and ended up taking a 7-3 loss, but only after the Hawks owner surprised Hall and drove a car on the ice to honor his 50o game streak.

It’s pretty safe to say that Hall’s record for 502 consecutive games will never be broken by an goalie.  This is an era where teams carry 2 goalies and even if you have a true #1 goalie, they rarely play 60 games a season and usually never play both games in back to back game situations.  Hall didn’t miss a game for over 8 seasons and of course during the entire streak Hall never wore a hockey mask.

There have only been 20 streaks all-time in the NHL of 500 or more games played consecutively and of course Hall’s is the only streak of that length by a goaltender.  This season Corey Crawford played in 13 straight game and people were begging for him to get a game off to rest which had to put some sort of smile on Hall’s face.

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Hall of course was the goalie that led the Blackhawks to the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship which was the franchises first Cup since 1938.  Hall is 2nd All-time on the goalie wins category in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history only trailing Tony Esposito, but in the end Hall was able to hoist the Stanley Cup wearing a Blackhawks jersey.

Hall’s number and jersey is hanging from the rafters at the United Center for being an all-time great and on this day he became the only goalie to achieve the 500 consecutive games played plateau!

What is your memories of Mr. Hockey?

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