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1942–43 Chicago Black Hawks · NHL
Division 5th NHL
1942–43 record 17–18–15
Home record 14–3–8
Road record 3–15–7
Goals for 179
Goals against 180
General Manager Bill Tobin
Coach Paul Thompson
Captain Doug Bentley
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team Leaders
Goals Doug Bentley (33)
Assists Max Bentley (44)
Points Doug Bentley (73)
Penalties in minutes Earl Siebert (48)
Wins Bert Gardiner (17)
Goals against average Bert Gardiner (3.58)
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1941–42 1943–44

The 1942–43 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 17th season in the National Hockey League. The Black Hawks finished in 5th place and did not qualify for the playoffs. The NHL would lose another team, as the Brooklyn Americans would fold, leaving the league with only 6 clubs. The league also increased its schedule from 48 games to 50. With World War II going on, every team in the league would lose some players to war service.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Black Hawks general manager Frederic McLaughlin, who had held the position since the team entered the league in 1926, retired before the season began, and Bill Tobin was hired to take over.

The Black Hawks finished just under .500, with a 17–18–15 record, good for 49 points and 5th place in the league, missing the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. Chicago scored a club record 179 goals, 4th highest in the league, however, they also allowed a team record 180 goals, the 3rd highest total in the league. Chicago had a very strong home record, going 14–3–8, but won only 3 road games, and missed the playoffs by a single point.

Reg, Max and Doug Bentley formed the first all-brother line to be credited with a goal and both assists, January 3, 1943.

Doug Bentley became the first Black Hawk to lead the NHL in scoring, as he set team records in goals (33) and points (73). His younger brother Max Bentley set a team record with 44 assists, finished with 70 points and won the Lady Byng Trophy as he was only penalized for 2 penalty minutes for the season. Their brother Reg played 11 games during the season and the three briefly played together on the first all-brother line in NHL history. On January 3, 1943 against the New York Rangers, Reg scored his only NHL goal, assisted by Max and Doug, another NHL first.

Red Hamill had a strong season, scoring 28 goals. Earl Siebert once again led the defense, earning 32 points, a club high 48 penalty minutes and a First Team All-Star berth.

In goal, the Hawks acquired Bert Gardiner from the Montreal Canadiens before the season began, due to Sam LoPresti leaving the team to serve in the war, and Gardiner would win 17 games, post a 3.58 GAA and had a shutout.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts
Detroit Red Wings 50 25 14 11 61
Boston Bruins 50 24 17 9 57
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 22 19 9 53
Montreal Canadiens 50 19 19 12 50
Chicago Black Hawks 50 17 18 15 49
New York Rangers 50 11 31 8 30

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[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 November 5 Boston Bruins 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0–0 2
2 November 8 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Detroit Red Wings 1–0–1 3
3 November 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 New York Rangers 1–1–1 3
4 November 12 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5 Montreal Canadiens 1–2–1 3
5 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2–1 5
6 November 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2–1 7
7 November 19 Detroit Red Wings 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2–1 9
8 November 22 Montreal Canadiens 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2–2 10
9 November 24 Chicago Black Hawks 5–5 Boston Bruins 4–2–3 11
10 November 26 New York Rangers 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3–3 11
11 November 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3–3 13
12 December 3 New York Rangers 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 6–3–3 15
13 December 6 Montreal Canadiens 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 7–3–3 17
14 December 8 Chicago Black Hawks 6–9 Boston Bruins 7–4–3 17
15 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–5–3 17
16 December 13 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 8–5–3 19
17 December 17 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 8–6–3 19
18 December 20 Boston Bruins 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 8–6–4 20
19 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Montreal Canadiens 8–6–5 21
20 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Detroit Red Wings 8–7–5 21
21 January 1 New York Rangers 5–6 Chicago Black Hawks 9–7–5 23
22 January 3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 New York Rangers 9–7–6 24
23 January 10 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–7–6 26
24 January 12 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Boston Bruins 10–8–6 26
25 January 14 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Montreal Canadiens 10–9–6 26
26 January 16 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Detroit Red Wings 10–9–7 27
27 January 17 Detroit Red Wings 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–9–8 28
28 January 21 Montreal Canadiens 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 10–9–9 29
29 January 23 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–10–9 29
30 January 24 Boston Bruins 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 11–10–9 31
31 January 28 New York Rangers 1–10 Chicago Black Hawks 12–10–9 33
32 January 31 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 12–10–10 34
33 February 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Boston Bruins 12–11–10 34
34 February 4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 New York Rangers 12–11–11 35
35 February 7 New York Rangers 4–8 Chicago Black Hawks 13–11–11 37
36 February 11 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Montreal Canadiens 13–12–11 37
37 February 13 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–13–11 37
38 February 14 Boston Bruins 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 14–13–11 39
39 February 18 Montreal Canadiens 5–4 Chicago Black Hawks 14–14–11 39
40 February 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks 15–14–11 41
41 February 23 Chicago Black Hawks 7–5 Boston Bruins 16–14–11 43
42 February 25 Chicago Black Hawks 4–7 New York Rangers 16–15–11 43
43 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 17–15–11 45
44 February 28 Boston Bruins 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 17–15–12 46
45 March 6 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5 Detroit Red Wings 17–16–12 46
46 March 7 Detroit Red Wings 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 17–16–13 47
47 March 11 Montreal Canadiens 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 17–16–14 48
48 March 13 Chicago Black Hawks 6–6 Montreal Canadiens 17–16–15 49
49 March 14 Chicago Black Hawks 5–7 New York Rangers 17–17–15 49
50 March 18 Chicago Black Hawks 5–6 Detroit Red Wings 17–18–15 49

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Black Hawks did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Bentley 50 33 40 73 18
Max Bentley 47 26 44 70 2
Red Hamill 50 28 16 44 44
Bill Thoms 47 15 28 43 11
Mush March 50 7 29 36 46

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Bert Gardiner 50 3020 17 18 15 180 1 3.58

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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