When you say two time Stanley Cup Champion and the Chicago Blackhawks most would think you are speaking of someone playing in today’s era, but there are a few players from an era long time ago that were also two time Stanley Cup Champions.
When Paul Thompson first put on a Chicago Blackhawks uniform in 1931 he was already a Stanley Cup Champion, but it wasn’t until he arrived in Chicago that he discovered his offensive game.
Thompson was on a line with Mush Marsh when he became a Blackhawk and his offensive numbers went upwards. He wasn’t a huge scorer but he believed in hard work game in and game out which is what you got from Thompson on a nightly basis.
Ironically, he did score 20 or more goals twice in a season 1934 and 1938 which if you are a Big Blackhawks fans know are Stanley Cup Championship seasons. Thompson also finished runner-up in 1938 for the Hart Trophy.
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Thompson scored 4 times each in 34 and 38 as the Blackhawks marched to their first two Stanley Cup Championships.
Thompson would play only one more season in 38-39 before being asked to coach the Chicago Blackhawks and take a $4,000 a year raise. Thompson said he would be a fool not to take the money when looking back at it in retirement, but had wished he had played longer. Just shows you how different the early years of the NHL are compared to this era of hockey.
Thompson did coach the Chicago Blackhawks to the 1944 Stanley Cup Final which they got swept into the offseason and Thompson into total retirement from the NHL.
Thompson was a very good player when the NHL was in it’s infancy, and he shows up at #67 in our list of Greatest Chicago Blackhawks with 2 Stanley Cup Championships.
Only 67 days left until the Blackhawks season is ready to start from the United Center.