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The 2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 89th season for the NHL.

The Blackhawks finished the season with a 48–28–6 record, finishing in third place in the Central Division.

They defeated the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 2.

In the next round, they swept the Minnesota Wild 4 games to 0. In the Western Conference Finals, the Hawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks, winning the series 4 games to 3. In the Stanley Cup Final, they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On June 15, 2015, the team won the Stanley Cup, beating the Lightning 4 games to 2, and winning the Cup at home for the first time since 1938.

This was the Blackhawks' third Cup championship in six seasons. Duncan Keith received the Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the playoffs.

Off-SeasonEdit

On July 14, 2014, the Blackhawks announced that Kevin Dineen (a former teammate of head coach Joel Quenneville) had been hired as an assistant coach.

Pre-SeasonEdit

The Chicago Blackhawks pre-season schedule included a September 28, 2014, exhibition game held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada against the Edmonton Oilers.

Team LeadersEdit

PlayoffsEdit

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the playoffs as the Central Division's third seed.

The Blackhawks lost the last three games of the regular season, thus they did not win the Central Division title.

After defeating the Nashville Predators 4–2 in the first round, they went on to sweep the Minnesota Wild in the second round, and defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3 in the Western Conference Final.

It was only the third time in Blackhawks history that they had won a playoff series after trailing 3 games to 2.

On May 19, 2015, the Blackhawks played the longest game in their history (116:12) against the Anaheim Ducks as part of the Western Conference Finals. They defeated Anaheim in game 7 and moved on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

On June 15, 2015, Chicago won the Stanley Cup in game six with a score of 2–0. This marked the Blackhawks third Stanley Cup victory in six seasons.

This was the first Blackhawks Stanley Cup clinched on home ice in 77 years, having won the decisive games in 2010 and 2013 titles on the road and the first time a Stanley Cup title has been won in Chicago since 1992 when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

It was also the first time any Chicago sports team won a Championship at home since the Chicago Bulls in 1997.

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Patrick Kane NHL Second Star of the Month January 2, 2015
Jonathan Toews NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2015
Patrick Kane NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2015
Corey Crawford NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2015
Duncan Keith NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2015
Brent Seabrook NHL All-Star game selection January 10, 2015
Jonathan Toews NHL All-Star game captain January 14, 2015
Patrick Kane NHL All-Star game assistant captain January 14, 2015
Marian Hossa NHL First Star of the Week February 16, 2015

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Trevor van Riemsdyk 1st career NHL game October 9, 2014
Ben Smith 100th career NHL game October 21, 2014
Scott Darling 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL win
October 26, 2014
Patrick Kane 500th career NHL point October 26, 2014
Marian Hossa 1,100th career NHL game
1,000th career NHL point
October 30, 2014
Johnny Oduya 600th career NHL game November 2, 2014
Niklas Hjalmarsson 400th career NHL game November 4, 2014
Jonathan Toews 200th career NHL goal November 4, 2014
Duncan Keith 700th career NHL game November 7, 2014
Trevor van Riemsdyk 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 9, 2014
Jonathan Toews 500th career NHL game November 11, 2014
Brad Richards 1,000th career NHL game November 16, 2014
Brent Seabrook 700th career NHL game November 20, 2014
Adam Clendening 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
November 20, 2014
Brad Richards 600th career NHL assist November 20, 2014
Phillip Danault 1st career NHL game November 22, 2014
Daniel Carcillo 400th career NHL game November 22, 2014
Adam Clendening 1st career NHL assist November 22, 2014
Bryan Bickell 300th career NHL game November 23, 2014
Brent Seabrook 300th career NHL point November 26, 2014
Klas Dahlbeck 1st career NHL game December 6, 2014
Klas Dahlbeck 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
December 11, 2014
Patrick Sharp 700th career NHL game December 29, 2014
Patrick Sharp 500th career NHL point December 29, 2014
Andrew Shaw 200th career NHL game January 1, 2015
Brandon Saad 100th career NHL point January 9, 2015
Teuvo Teravainen 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
January 16, 2015
Patrick Kane 200th career NHL goal January 20, 2015
Teuvo Teravainen 1st career NHL assist January 20, 2015
Duncan Keith 400th career NHL point January 30, 2015
Daniel Carcillo 100th career NHL point February 8, 2015
Ryan Hartman 1st career NHL game February 13, 2015
Brad Richards 900th career NHL point March 12, 2015
Scott Darling 1st career NHL shutout March 18, 2015
Kimmo Timonen 1100th career NHL game March 21, 2015
Jonathan Toews 500th career NHL point March 23, 2015
David Rundblad 100th career NHL game March 27, 2015
Brandon Saad 200th career NHL game March 27, 2015
Andrew Shaw 100th career NHL point March 30, 2015
Niklas Hjalmarsson 100th career NHL point March 30, 2015
Kyle Baun 1st career NHL game April 7, 2015
Michael Paliotta 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
April 11, 2015

TransactionsEdit

Player TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 27, 2014 To San Jose Sharks
1st-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Florida Panthers' 3rd-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
1st-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
New York Rangers' 6th-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
June 28, 2014 To Calgary Flames
Brandon Bollig
To Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins' 3rd round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
October 4, 2014 To New York Islanders
Nick Leddy
Kent Simpson
To Chicago Blackhawks
T.J. Brennan
Anders Nilsson
Ville Pokka
December 14, 2014 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jeremy Morin
To Chicago Blackhawks
Tim Erixon
January 29, 2015 To Vancouver Canucks
Adam Clendening
To Chicago Blackhawks
Gustav Forsling
February 26, 2015 To Toronto Maple Leafs
T.J. Brennan
To Chicago Blackhawks
Spencer Abbott
February 27, 2015 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 2015
conditional 4th-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Kimmo Timonen
February 28, 2015 To Arizona Coyotes
Klas Dahlbeck
1st-round pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Antoine Vermette
March 2, 2015 To San Jose Sharks
Ben Smith
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Andrew Desjardins

Acquired Free AgentsEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars]])
July 1, 2014 Scott Darling Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $550,000
July 1, 2014 Cody Bass Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $550,000
July 1, 2014 Pierre-Cedric Labrie Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $550,000
July 1, 2014 Brad Richards New York Rangers 1 year, $2 million
July 2, 2014 Kyle Cumiskey Modo Hockey 1 year, $600,000
August 18, 2014 Michael Leighton HC Donbass 1 year, $550,000
October 5, 2014 Daniel Carcillo New York Rangers 1 year, $550,000
March 26, 2015 Kyle Baun Colgate University 2 years, entry-level contract
April 2, 2015 Tanner Kero Michigan Tech University 2 years, entry-level contract
April 30, 2015 Erik Gustafsson Frolunda HC 2 years
May 1, 2015 Artemi Panarin SKA Saint Petersburg 2 years

Lost Free AgentsEdit

Date Player New team
August 20, 2014 Kevin Hayes New York Rangers 2 years, $7.5 million
May 11, 2015 Peter Regin Jokerit Undisclosed

Players Claimed Via WaiversEdit

Players Lost Via WaiversEdit

Player New team Date
Tim Erixon Toronto Maple Leafs March 1, 2015

Player SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
June 27, 2014 Ben Smith 2 years, $3 million contract extension
June 27, 2014 Antti Raanta 2 years, $1.5 million contract extension
June 27, 2014 Jeremy Morin 2 years, $1.6 million contract extension
July 1, 2014 Peter Regin 1 year, $650,000
July 9, 2014 Patrick Kane 8 years, $84 million contract extension
July 9, 2014 Jonathan Toews 8 years, $84 million contract extension
February 22, 2015 Scott Darling 2 years, contract extension
March 21, 2015 Vincent Hinostroza 3 years, entry-level contract
March 26, 2015 Michael Paliotta 2 years, entry-level contract

Suspensions & FinesEdit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Joakim Nordstrom Boarding on Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during NHL Game No. 1011 in Arizona on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 19:22 of the third period. 2 games $6,630.82 March 13, 2015
Andrew Shaw Diving/Embellishment during a game against the Los Angeles Kings in Chicago on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 5:24 of the first period. $2,000.00 April 10, 2015

Draft PicksEdit

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 20 Nick Schmaltz C USA Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 83 Matheson Iacopelli RW USA Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
3 88 Beau Starrett C/LW USA South Shore Kings (USPHL PRE.)
4 98 Frederik Olofsson LW SWE Chicago Steel (USHL)
5 141 Luc Snuggerud D USA Eden Prairie High School (USHS–MN])
5 148 Andreas Soderberg D SWE Skelleftea Jr. (SWEDEN-JR.)
6 178 Dylan Sora C CAN Aurora Tigers (OJHL)
6 179 Ivan Nalimov G RUS SKA Saint Petersburg-2 (Russia-Jr.)
7 208 Jack Ramsey RW USA Penticton Vees (BCHL)

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