|1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks · NHL|
|Stanley Cup Champions|
|General Manager||Tommy Ivan|
|Goals||Bobby Hull (31)|
|Assists||Bill Hay (48)|
|Points||Bill Hay (59)|
|Penalties in minutes||Pierre Pilote (165)|
|Wins||Glenn Hall (29)|
|Goals against average||Glenn Hall (2.51)|
|← Seasons →|
The 1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' thirty-fifth season in the National Hockey League (NHL), and the club was coming off of a third-place finish in 1959–60, as they finished with a 28-29-13 record, earning 69 points, which tied the team records for wins and points in a season. Chicago faced the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL semi-finals and lost in four straight.
The Black Hawks started the year off very strong, earning a 6-1-2 record in their first nine games; however, the club went into a slump in which their record was 5-13-6 in their next 24 games, causing them to fall under the .500 mark and into a battle with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers for a playoff spot. Chicago would snap out of their slump, and go on a seven-game winning streak to sit with an 18-14-8 record, 40 games into the season. The Hawks continued to play good hockey for the remainder of the season, going 11-10-9 in their last 30 games to finish the season with a club-record 29 victories and 75 points. The Hawks finished in third place for the third consecutive season, and for the first time since 1945-46 the club finished the season with a record over .500.
Offensively, Chicago was led by Bill Hay, who led the team with 48 assists and 59 points, while Bobby Hull scored a team-high 31 goals. Stan Mikita had a break out season, scoring 19 goals and 53 points, as did Murray Balfour, who had 21 goals and 48 points. On defense, Pierre Pilote led the way, scoring 6 goals and 35 points while posting a team-high 165 penalty minutes.
|National Hockey League||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||Pts|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||70||39||19||12||234||176||90|
|Chicago Black Hawks||70||29||24||17||198||180||75|
|Detroit Red Wings||70||25||29||16||195||215||66|
|New York Rangers||70||22||38||10||204||248||54|
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.
|1||October 5||Detroit Red Wings||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks||0–0–1||1|
|2||October 6||Chicago Black Hawks||4–2||Detroit Red Wings||1–0–1||3|
|3||October 9||New York Rangers||2–3||Chicago Black Hawks||2–0-1||5|
|4||October 12||Toronto Maple Leafs||0–3||Chicago Black Hawks||3–0–1||7|
|5||October 16||Boston Bruins||2–5||Chicago Black Hawks||4–0–1||9|
|6||October 19||Chicago Black Hawks||0–2||New York Rangers||4–1–1||9|
|7||October 22||Chicago Black Hawks||4–2||Montreal Canadiens||5–1–1||11|
|8||October 23||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||Boston Bruins||5–1–2||12|
|9||October 25||Montreal Canadiens||4–8||Chicago Black Hawks||6–1–2||14|
|10||October 29||Chicago Black Hawks||4–8||Toronto Maple Leafs||6–2–2||14|
|11||October 30||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2||Detroit Red Wings||6–3–2||14|
|12||November 2||New York Rangers||4–4||Chicago Black Hawks||6–3–3||15|
|13||November 5||Chicago Black Hawks||4–4||Montreal Canadiens||6–3–4||16|
|14||November 6||Chicago Black Hawks||0–4||Boston Bruins||6–4–4||16|
|15||November 9||Toronto Maple Leafs||0–2||Chicago Black Hawks||7–4–4||18|
|16||November 12||Chicago Black Hawks||1–7||Toronto Maple Leafs||7–5–4||18|
|17||November 13||Detroit Red Wings||1–7||Chicago Black Hawks||8–5–4||20|
|18||November 15||Chicago Black Hawks||2–3||Detroit Red Wings||8–6–4||20|
|19||November 17||Boston Bruins||2–4||Chicago Black Hawks||9–6–4||22|
|20||November 20||Montreal Canadiens||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks||9–6–5||23|
|21||November 24||Toronto Maple Leafs||1–2||Chicago Black Hawks||10–6–5||25|
|22||November 26||Chicago Black Hawks||2–4||Montreal Canadiens||10–7–5||25|
|23||November 27||Chicago Black Hawks||3–3||New York Rangers||10–7–6||26|
|24||November 30||Boston Bruins||2–2||Chicago Black Hawks||10–7–7||27|
|25||December 4||Montreal Canadiens||7–5||Chicago Black Hawks||10–8–7||27|
|26||December 8||Chicago Black Hawks||1–5||Boston Bruins||10–9–7||27|
|27||December 10||Chicago Black Hawks||2–5||Toronto Maple Leafs||10–10–7||27|
|28||December 11||Toronto Maple Leafs||6–1||Chicago Black Hawks||10–11–7||27|
|29||December 14||New York Rangers||0–4||Chicago Black Hawks||11–11–7||29|
|30||December 18||Detroit Red Wings||3–2||Chicago Black Hawks||11–12–7||29|
|31||December 21||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||New York Rangers||11–12–8||30|
|32||December 22||Chicago Black Hawks||2–4||Boston Bruins||11–13–8||30|
|33||December 24||Chicago Black Hawks||1–3||Montreal Canadiens||11–14–8||30|
|34||December 25||Chicago Black Hawks||3–0||Detroit Red Wings||12–14–8||32|
|35||December 28||Boston Bruins||3–4||Chicago Black Hawks||13–14–8||34|
|36||December 31||Chicago Black Hawks||3–0||Detroit Red Wings||14–14–8||36|
|37||January 1||Detroit Red Wings||0–3||Chicago Black Hawks||15–14–8||38|
|38||January 4||Chicago Black Hawks||3–2||Detroit Red Wings||16–14–8||40|
|39||January 5||Chicago Black Hawks||4–3||Boston Bruins||17–14–8||42|
|40||January 8||Toronto Maple Leafs||1–5||Chicago Black Hawks||18–14–8||44|
|41||January 11||Detroit Red Wings||2–2||Chicago Black Hawks||18–14–9||45|
|42||January 14||Chicago Black Hawks||1–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||18-15–9||45|
|43||January 15||New York Rangers||3–1||Chicago Black Hawks||18–16–9||45|
|44||January 18||Montreal Canadiens||4–0||Chicago Black Hawks||18–17–9||45|
|45||January 21||New York Rangers||3–5||Chicago Black Hawks||19–17–9||47|
|46||January 22||Boston Bruins||3–8||Chicago Black Hawks||20–17–9||49|
|47||January 26||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||Detroit Red Wings||20–17–10||50|
|48||January 28||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||20–18–10||50|
|49||January 29||Montreal Canadiens||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks||20–18–11||51|
|50||February 1||Chicago Black Hawks||1–3||New York Rangers||20–19–11||51|
|51||February 2||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||Boston Bruins||20–19–12||52|
|52||February 4||Chicago Black Hawks||4–1||Montreal Canadiens||21–19–12||54|
|53||February 5||Toronto Maple Leafs||1–1||Chicago Black Hawks||21–19–13||55|
|54||February 8||Detroit Red Wings||2–5||Chicago Black Hawks||22–19–13||57|
|55||February 12||Montreal Canadiens||1–3||Chicago Black Hawks||23–19–13||59|
|56||February 15||New York Rangers||2–5||Chicago Black Hawks||24–19–13||61|
|57||February 18||Chicago Black Hawks||2–5||Toronto Maple Leafs||24–20–13||61|
|58||February 19||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||Boston Bruins||24–20–14||62|
|59||February 22||Chicago Black Hawks||2–4||New York Rangers||24–21–14||62|
|60||February 25||Chicago Black Hawks||1–1||Montreal Canadiens||24–21–15||63|
|61||February 26||Boston Bruins||2–7||Chicago Black Hawks||25–21–15||65|
|62||February 28||Chicago Black Hawks||1–3||Detroit Red Wings||25–22–15||65|
|63||March 2||New York Rangers||1–7||Chicago Black Hawks||26–22–15||67|
|64||March 5||Toronto Maple Leafs||1–3||Chicago Black Hawks||27–22–15||69|
|65||March 8||Chicago Black Hawks||4–3||New York Rangers||28–22–15||71|
|66||March 11||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||28–22–16||72|
|67||March 12||Montreal Canadiens||6–2||Chicago Black Hawks||28–23–16||72|
|68||March 15||Detroit Red Wings||2–2||Chicago Black Hawks||28–23–17||73|
|69||March 18||Chicago Black Hawks||4–1||Montreal Canadiens||29–23–17||75|
|70||March 19||Chicago Black Hawks||3–4||Boston Bruins||29–24–17||75|
Chicago faced the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-seven NHL semi-final for the third consecutive season. The Canadiens once again finished on top of the NHL, earning 92 points, and had won five straight Stanley Cup championships. The heavily favored Canadiens took the series opener at the Montreal Forum, easily defeating Chicago 6-2; however, the Black Hawks fought back in the second game, evening the series out with a 4-3 win. The series moved to Chicago Stadium for the next two games, and the Black Hawks used their home ice advantage to take a 2-1 series lead with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory in the third game; however, the powerful Canadiens stormed back in the fourth game, defeating Chicago 5-2 to even the series up once again. The Black Hawks stunned the Montreal fans in the fifth game, shutting out the Canadiens 3-0 on the road to return back to Chicago for the sixth game up 3-2 in the series. Chicago completed the upset, once again shutting out the Canadiens 3-0 in the sixth game to win the series 4-2, and earned a trip to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1944.
The Black Hawks faced the Detroit Red Wings in the 1961 Stanley Cup Finals. The Red Wings finished the season behind Chicago in the regular season, earning 66 points; however, they upset the heavily favored Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a spot in the finals. The Hawks took the series opener on home ice, as Bobby Hull scored two goals in Chicago's 3-2 win. The series moved to the Detroit Olympia for the second game, and the Red Wings responded with a 3-1 win to even the series up. The third game was back in Chicago, and it was the Hawks who took a 2-1 series lead by defeating the Red Wings 3-1; however, in the fourth game back in Detroit, the Red Wings evened the series up again, defeating the Hawks 2-1. Chicago easily won the fifth game in Chicago, winning 6-3 to take the series lead once again. In the sixth game in Detroit, the Black Hawks won the series as they handily defeated the Wings 5-1 to win their third Stanley Cup in team history, and the first since 1938. Pierre Pilote led all players in playoff scoring, earning 15 points, while Bobby Hull was just behind him with 14 points.
Chicago Black Hawks 4, Montreal Canadiens 2Edit
|1||March 21||Chicago Black Hawks||2–6||Montreal Canadiens||0–1|
|2||March 23||Chicago Black Hawks||4–3||Montreal Canadiens||1-1|
|3||March 26||Montreal Canadiens||1–2||Chicago Black Hawks||2-1|
|4||March 28||Montreal Canadiens||5–2||Chicago Black Hawks||2–2|
|5||April 1||Chicago Black Hawks||3–0||Montreal Canadiens||3-2|
|6||April 4||Montreal Canadiens||0–3||Chicago Black Hawks||4-2|
Chicago Black Hawks 4, Detroit Red Wings 2Edit
|1||April 6||Detroit Red Wings||2–3||Chicago Black Hawks||1-0|
|2||April 8||Chicago Black Hawks||1–3||Detroit Red Wings||1-1|
|3||April 10||Detroit Red Wings||1–3||Chicago Black Hawks||2-1|
|4||April 12||Chicago Black Hawks||1–2||Detroit Red Wings||2–2|
|5||April 14||Detroit Red Wings||3–6||Chicago Black Hawks||3-2|
|6||April 16||Chicago Black Hawks||5–1||Detroit Red Wings||4-2|
- Scoring leaders
- Scoring leaders
Awards and RecordsEdit
Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit
- Arthur Wirtz Sr. (President/Owner), Arthur Wirtz Jr. (Vice President/Owner)
- James D. Norris Jr. (Chairman/Owner), Tommy Ivan (Manager)
- Rudy Pilous (Coach), Nick Garen (Trainer),
- Walter Humenick (Ass't Trainer), Michael Wirtz (Vice President)†
- John Gottselig (Publicity Director)President)†.
† Left off the cup, but included on the team picture.
Stanley Cup Engraving
- Allan Roy Edwards was engraved as Allan R. Edwards. He never played for Chicago. Roy Edwards first NHL game was during the 1967–68 season with Detroit.
- Denis DeJordy's first NHL game was during the 1962–63 season, when he replaced Glenn Hall. This ended Hall's record of 502 consecutive complete games.
- Ronald Robert Murphy was engraved as Robert Murphy.
- Tod Aloysius Martin Sloan was engraved as Martin A. Sloan.
- ↑ 1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks Games - Hockey-Reference.com. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- ↑ 1 Glenn Hall. Chicago Blackhawks goaltending history : Glenn Hall. Goaliesarchive.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- ↑ Chicago Blackhawks - Hockey-Reference.com. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- ↑ 1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
|Chicago Blackhawks Seasons|
|1926-27 • 1927-28 • 1928-29 • 1929-30 • 1930-31 • 1931-32 • 1932-33 • 1933-34 • 1934-35 • 1935-36 • 1936-37 • 1937-38 • 1938-39 • 1939-40 • 1940-41 • 1941-42 • 1942-43 • 1943-44 • 1944-45 • 1945-46 • 1946-47 • 1947-48 • 1948-49 • 1949-50 • 1950-51 • 1951-52 • 1952-53 • 1953-54 • 1954-55 • 1955-56 • 1956-57 • 1957-58 • 1958-59 • 1959-60 • 1960-61 • 1961-62 • 1962-63 • 1963-64 • 1964-65 • 1965-66 • 1966-67 • 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70 • 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76 • 1976-77 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80 • 1980-81 • 1981-82 • 1982-83 • 1983-84 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90 • 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1996-97 • 1997-98 • 1998-99 • 1999-00 • 2000-01 • 2001-02 • 2002-03 • 2003-04 • 2004-05 • 2005-06 • 2006-07 • 2007-08 • 2008-09 • 2009-10 • 2010-11 • 2011-12 • 2012-13 • 2013-14 • 2014-15 • 2015-16 • 2016-17 • 2017-18 • 2018-19 • 2019-20|
|1960–61 NHL season by team|
|Teams||Boston · Chicago · Detroit · Montreal · New York · Toronto|
|See also||All-Star Game · 1961 Stanley Cup Finals|