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Were the 1961 Blackhawks the best team in NHL History?

Stan Mikita #21, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)
Stan Mikita #21, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images) /
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Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Mikita #21, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images) /

In 1961, the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in team history. Were the 1961 Blackhawks the best team in league history?

The Chicago Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups in the 2010s. While those teams had great leaders, great players, and a great front office, they were not under the circumstances quite like the 1960-61 Blackhawks were. The adversity this team faced is what makes them one of the best in NHL history.

One of the reasons the Blackhawks are one of the best teams in history was their lineup. The team consisted of five Hall of Famers: Glenn Hall, Al Arbour, Pierre Pilote, Stan Mikita, and Bobby Hull.

Chicago also had solid players around their stars, such as Bill Hay, who led the team in scoring, Murray Balfour who was fourth in scoring, Kenny Wharram, Moose Vasko, Ted Sloan, and Ed Litzenberger each of which was all-stars at one point; also five-time Cup winner Dollard St. Laurent.

Now there have been plenty of amazing teams throughout NHL history, such as Gretzky’s Oilers, Montreal’s early 1970s rosters, Crosby’s Penguins, and many others.

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