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1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 5th NHL
1944–45 record 13–30–7
Home record 9–14–2
Road record 4–16–5
Goals for 141
Goals against 194
General Manager Bill Tobin
Coach Paul Thompson (0–1–0)
Johnny Gottselig (13–29–7)
Captain Clint Smith
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team Leaders
Goals Bill Mosienko (28)
Assists Clint Smith (31)
Points Bill Mosienko
Clint Smith (54)
Penalties in minutes Joe Cooper (50)
Wins Mike Karakas (12)
Goals against average Mike Karakas (3.90)
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1943–44 1945–46

The 1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 19th season in the NHL. The Hawks finished in 5th place and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Black Hawks would lose their top scorer Doug Bentley, who was given permission to stay home in Saskatchewan and tend the family farm by the Canadian Armed Forces officials, while his brother Max Bentley would miss his 2nd season due to World War II. The club would name Clint Smith as team captain, and after the first game of the season, a loss of 11–5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Paul Thompson was replaced by former Black Hawk captain Johnny Gottselig.

The Hawks would struggle to score goals, scoring a league low 141, while allowing 194, which ranked them 4th. The team would finish the season with a 13–30–7 record, and their 33 points was their lowest point total since the 1938-39 season. Chicago would fail to make the post-season, as they would finish 3 points behind the 4th place Boston Bruins.

Midway through the season, the Black Hawks would be involved in a big trade with the Detroit Red Wings, as Chicago would trade Earl Siebert and Fido Purpur to the Wings for Butch McDonald, Don Grosso and Cully Simon.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Bill Mosienko and his 28 goals, Clint Smith with his team high 31 assists, and the two of them would tie for the team lead in points at 54. Mosienko won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and was a Second Team All-Star. Pete Horeck would be the only other Black Hawk to score more than 10 goals, as he had 20. Joe Cooper would lead the defense all season long, earning 21 points and a team high 50 penalty minutes.

In goal, the Hawks would bring back Mike Karakas, he would lead the team with 12 wins, a 3.90 GAA, 4 shutouts and was a Second Team All-Star. Doug Stevenson would appear in a couple of games, getting a 1–1–0 record with a GAA of 3.50.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 80 228 121 376
Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 67 218 161 260
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 52 183 161 317
Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 36 179 219 275
Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 33 141 194 245
New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 32 154 247 305

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 LogEdit

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

PlayoffsEdit

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

Season StatsEdit

Scoring LeadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Mosienko 50 28 26 54 0
Clint Smith 50 23 31 54 0
Pete Horeck 50 20 16 36 44
Joe Cooper 50 4 17 21 50
Butch McDonald 26 6 13 19 0

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Doug Stevenson 2 120 1 1 0 7 0 3.50
Mike Karakas 48 2880 12 29 7 187 4 3.90

Awards and RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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