If I asked you to name a Chicago Blackhawks star that was smallish in stature that scored an overtime goal to win the Stanley Cup is Patrick Kane naturally your first choice? I would certainly assume that’s everyone’s answer!
Well, before Patrick Kane, Harold “Mush” March scored a double overtime goal against the Detroit Red Wings to clinch the very first Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup in 1934.
March was a small gritty speedy winger that scored some pretty timely and significant goals. March scored the Stanley Cup Clincher, and he also scored the very first goal in the history of fabled Maple Leaf Gardens.
March entered the newly formed NHL in 1928 and played 17 seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks all the way through World War II.
March also is one of the select players in franchise history to win 2 Stanley Cups while wearing the Blackhawks sweater.
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March best season was the 1935-36 season when he tallied 16 goals but he was consistently in double digits for most of his career in a different era of hockey.
He was part of a line with the Bentley brothers also during his career, but the 1938 Stanley Cup title if it happened today would have been the biggest upset ever with the Hawks having a record well below 500. The Hawks caught fire in the playoffs and defeated the highly favored Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games (It was best of 5 back then)
March after retirement was an NHL official for 11 years and for a long stretch was the oldest surviving retired NHL player before he passed away in 2002 at the age of 90.
March is one of those founding players at the beginning of the NHL that really helped build the league to what it was today, by playing hard and consistent for 17 seasons.
Only 43 days left until the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5th.