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The 1926-27 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's first season. Chicago was awarded an NHL franchise. The Hawks were founded by coffee tycoon Frederic McLaughlin, and most of the teams players came from the Portland Rosebuds of the Western Canada Hockey League, which had folded the previous season.

McLaughlin had been a commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I. This division was nicknamed the "Black Hawk Division", after a Native American of the Sauk nation, Chief Black Hawk, who was a prominent figure in the history of Illinois. McLaughlin evidently named the team in honor of the military unit, and his wife, Irene Castle, designed the teams logo.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Hawks would play their first ever game on November 17, 1926 at the Chicago Colesium, defeating the Toronto St. Pats by a 4–1 score. The Black Hawks would lead the league in goals scored with 115, however they would also allow a league high 116 goals, en route to a 19–22–3 record, good for 3rd place in the American Division.

Babe Dye would lead the team with 25 goals, while Dick Irvin would have a club best 36 points, and finish 2nd in the NHL scoring race by a single point to Bill Cook of the New York Rangers. Percy Traub would lead the Black Hawks with 93 penalty minutes.


Season standingsEdit

American Division

GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 44 25 13 6 95 72 56
Boston Bruins 44 21 20 3 97 89 45
Chicago Black Hawks 44 19 22 3 115 116 41
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 15 26 3 79 108 33
Detroit Cougars 44 12 28 4 76 105 28

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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 November 17 Toronto St. Pats 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0–0 2
2 November 20 Boston Bruins 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0–0 4
3 November 24 Detroit Cougars 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1–0 5
4 November 27 Pittsburgh Pirates 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2–0 4
5 November 30 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 New York Rangers 2–3–0 4
6 December 1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 New York Americans 2–3–1 5
7 December 4 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Montreal Maroons 3–3–1 7
8 December 7 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4–1 7
9 December 9 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5 Toronto St. Pats 3–5–1 7
10 December 11 Chicago Black Hawks 3–0 Montreal Canadiens 4–5–1 9
11 December 15 New York Rangers 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks 5–5–1 11
12 December 18 New York Americans 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 6–5–1 13
13 December 22 Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 6–6–1 13
14 December 25 Detroit Cougars 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks 7–6–1 15
15 December 29 Montreal Maroons 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks 8–6–1 17
16 January 1 New York Rangers 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks 8–7–1 17
17 January 4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 8–8–1 17
18 January 8 Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates 9–8–1 19
19 January 11 Chicago Black Hawks 3–6 Boston Bruins 9–9–1 19
20 January 16 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 New York Rangers 9–10–1 19
21 January 19 Toronto St. Pats 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 10–10–1 21
22 January 22 Boston Bruins 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–10–2 22
23 January 27 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Pittsburgh Pirates 10–11–2 22
24 January 29 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Toronto St. Pats 10–12–2 22
25 February 1 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 Detroit Cougars 10–13–2 22
26 February 3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Montreal Maroons 10–14–2 22
27 February 5 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Ottawa Senators 10–15–2 22
28 February 9 Ottawa Senators 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks 11–15–2 24
29 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 1–6 Chicago Black Hawks 12–15–2 26
30 February 13 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Americans 12–16–2 26
31 February 15 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Boston Bruins 12–17–2 26
32 February 19 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Detroit Cougars 13–17–2 28
33 February 23 New York Americans 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 14–17–2 30
34 February 26 Montreal Maroons 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 14–18–2 30
35 March 1 New York Rangers 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks 15–18–2 32
36 March 3 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7 Montreal Canadiens 15–19–2 32
37 March 5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Ottawa Senators 16–19–2 34
38 March 8 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Detroit Cougars 17–19–2 36
39 March 13 Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 Boston Bruins 18–19–2 38
40 March 15 Boston Bruins 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 18–20–2 38
41 March 17 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Pittsburgh Pirates 18–21–2 38
42 March 19 Pittsburgh Pirates 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 19–21–2 40
43 March 22 Detroit Cougars 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 19–21–3 41
44 March 25 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 New York Rangers 19–22–3 41

PlayoffsEdit

Chicago would earn a spot in the playoffs and face the Boston Bruins in a 2 game total goal series. The Bruins would win the opening game by a 6–1 score, while the teams would play to a 4–4 draw in the 2nd game, giving the Bruins the series win with a 10–5 total score, and ending the Black Hawks first season.

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