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1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks · NHL
Division 4th American
1936–37 record 14–27–7
Home record 8–13–3
Road record 6–14–4
Goals for 99
Goals against 131
General Manager Frederic McLaughlin
Coach Clem Loughlin
Captain Johnny Gottselig
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team Leaders
Goals Paul Thompson (17)
Assists Johnny Gottselig (21)
Points Paul Thompson (35)
Penalties in minutes Earl Siebert (46)
Wins Mike Karakas (14)
Goals against average Mike Karakas (2.64)
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1935–36 1937–38

The 1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 11th season in the NHL. The Black Hawks had their worst season since 1928–29, finishing with only 35 points with a 14–27–7 record, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1932-33. Chicago scored an NHL low 99 goals, and gave up 131 goals, the 2nd highest total in the league.

Regular Season[]

Clem Loughlin, Mike Karakas, Ernest Klingbeil, Bun LaPrairie, Milton Brink, Al Suomi and Paul Schaefer before the last game of the season, March 21, 1937.

With five games left to play and his team hopelessly in last place, Chicago owner Frederic McLaughlin decided to try an experiment dear to his heart. He dreamed of the day that an all-American team might be able to compete at NHL calibre. He already had Mike Karakas in goal, but added Ernest Klingbeil and Paul Schaefer on defence, and Milton Brink, a fast skating center, between Al Suomi and Bun LaPrairie. The first test came on March 11 when the Boston Bruins beat the Black Hawks 6-2. None of the new players scored, but Klingbeil and Schaefer were on defence for all Boston goals. This brought complaints from Jack Adams, Lester Patrick and Art Ross who stated that such experiments should not be conducted when the other clubs were battling for playoff spots. But McLaughlin's kids didn't look bad when the Toronto Maple Leafs were lucky to win 3-2 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Klingbeil was the star of the game with a goal. The rookies checked tenaciously and at times were impressive on the attack. 9,600 fans applauded their effort. Then the Black Hawks beat the New York Rangers 3-2 with the Yanks still in the lineup. Lester Patrick had nothing to say except that the attendance had dropped. The experiment was about finished when the New York Americans walloped the Hawks 9-4, as Sweeney Schriner and Nels Stewart each had hat tricks. In a losing cause, Paul Thompson had a hat trick for Chicago.

Paul Thompson led the Hawks offensively, scoring a club high in goals (17) and points (35). Team captain Johnny Gottselig had a team high 21 assists. Pep Kelly, who the Hawks acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the season, scored 13 goals in 29 games with Chicago after scoring only 2 goals in 16 games with the Leafs. Defenseman Earl Siebert led all defensemen with 9 goals and 15 points, and had a team high 46 penalty minutes.

In goal, Mike Karakas would get all the action, winning 14 games, earning 5 shutouts, and posting a 2.64 GAA.

The Black Hawks failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1933, as they finished in the cellar of the American Division, 12 points behind the 3rd place New York Rangers.

Final Standings[]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 48 25 14 9 128 102 59
Boston Bruins 48 23 18 7 120 110 53
New York Rangers 48 19 20 9 117 106 47
Chicago Black Hawks 48 14 27 7 99 131 35

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 November 5 New York Americans 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0–1 1
2 November 12 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0 New York Americans 0–0–2 2
3 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1–2 2
4 November 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–3 3
5 November 19 Montreal Maroons 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks 0–2–3 3
6 November 22 Boston Bruins 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3–3 3
7 November 24 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Boston Bruins 0–3–4 4
8 November 26 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0 Detroit Red Wings 1–3–4 6
9 November 29 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4–4 6
10 December 6 New York Rangers 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5–4 6
11 December 8 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0 New York Rangers 1–5–5 7
12 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Montreal Maroons 1–6–5 7
13 December 13 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7–5 7
14 December 20 New York Americans 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7–5 9
15 December 22 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 2–8–5 9
16 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Detroit Red Wings 2–8–6 10
17 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1 New York Rangers 2–9–6 10
18 December 29 Montreal Canadiens 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 3–9–6 12
19 January 1 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–9–6 14
20 January 3 Montreal Maroons 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 4–10–6 14
21 January 7 Boston Bruins 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 4–11–6 14
22 January 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–11–6 16
23 January 12 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Boston Bruins 6–11–6 18
24 January 14 Chicago Black Hawks 3–7 Montreal Maroons 6–12–6 18
25 January 16 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–13–6 18
26 January 17 Detroit Red Wings 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 6–14–6 18
27 January 19 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Detroit Red Wings 6–15–6 18
28 January 21 New York Rangers 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks 7–15–6 20
29 January 24 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks 7–16–6 20
30 January 26 Chicago Black Hawks 9–0 New York Americans 8–16–6 22
31 January 28 Chicago Black Hawks 5–6 Montreal Canadiens 8–17–6 22
32 January 31 Montreal Maroons 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 8–18–6 22
33 February 7 New York Americans 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 9–18–6 24
34 February 11 New York Rangers 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 10–18–6 26
35 February 14 Boston Bruins 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 10–19–6 26
36 February 18 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Rangers 10–20–6 26
37 February 20 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Montreal Maroons 10–21–6 26
38 February 21 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6 Detroit Red Wings 10–22–6 26
39 February 25 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 10–23–6 26
40 February 28 New York Rangers 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 11–23–6 28
41 March 2 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Boston Bruins 12–23–6 30
42 March 4 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Montreal Canadiens 13–23–6 32
43 March 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 13–23–7 33
44 March 11 Boston Bruins 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks 13–24–7 33
45 March 13 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–25–7 33
46 March 16 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 New York Rangers 14–25–7 35
47 March 18 Chicago Black Hawks 4–9 New York Americans 14–26–7 35
48 March 21 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Boston Bruins 14–27–7 35

Playoffs[]

  • The Black Hawks did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player Stats[]

Scoring Leaders[]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Thompson 47 17 18 35 28
Johnny Gottselig 47 9 21 30 10
Wildor Larochelle 43 9 10 19 6
Louis Trudel 42 6 12 18 11
Doc Romnes 28 4 14 18 2

Goaltending[]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Mike Karakas 48 2978 14 27 7 131 5 2.64

Awards and Records[]

Gallery[]

See Also[]

References[]

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