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69-70CHIBH
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
1969–70 record 45–22–9
Home record 26–7–5
Road record 19–15–4
Goals for 250
Goals against 170
General Manager Tommy Ivan
Coach Billy Reay
Captain Pat Stapleton
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Stan Mikita (39)
Assists Stan Mikita (47)
Points Stan Mikita (86)
Penalties in minutes Keith Magnuson (213)
Wins Tony Esposito (38)
Goals against average Tony Esposito (2.17)

The 1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' forty-fourth season in the NHL, and the club was coming off a sixth place finish in the East Division in 1968–69, failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1957–58 season. Despite missing the playoffs, the Black Hawks had a record of 34-33-9, earning 77 points, as they had their ninth consecutive season of playing over .500 hockey.[1]

During the off-season, Chicago claimed goaltender Tony Esposito from the Montreal Canadiens in the intra-league draft on June 11, 1969. The Hawks also named Pat Stapleton as their new team captain. The Black Hawks did not have a captain for the 1968–69 season, as the spot was not filled after former captain Pierre Pilote was traded during the 1968 off-season.

The Black Hawks would begin the season very slow, as they lost their opening five games to quickly fall into the East Division cellar. Chicago would then rebound, and after 35 games, the Hawks had a 15-15-5 record. The Black Hawks would then get hot, as they went on a seven game winning streak, and continued to play great hockey for the rest of the season, as Chicago won a franchise record 45 games, earning a club record 99 points, and finished in first place for the second time in franchise history. The Hawks and Boston Bruins both finished the year with 99 points, however, since Chicago won five more games, they were awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy.[2]

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Stan Mikita, who scored a team high 39 goals, 47 assists and 86 points, as he finished third in the NHL scoring race. Bobby Hull had another solid season, scoring 38 goals and 67 points, while Pit Martin had 30 goals and 63 points. Team captain Pat Stapleton led the defense with 42 points, while Keith Magnuson had a club record 213 penalty minutes, along with a club high +38 rating.

In goal, Tony Esposito emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the league, as he won a club record 38 games, while posting a 2.17 GAA and a team record 15 shutouts. Esposito was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy for his efforts.[3]

The Hawks opened the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in the East Division semi-finals. The Red Wings finished the season with a 40-21-15 record, earning 95 points, which was good for third in the East Division. The series opened with two games at Chicago Stadium, and the Black Hawks used home ice to their advantage, as they defeated Detroit by scores of 4-2 in both games to take the early series lead. The series shifted to the Detroit Olympia for the next two games, however, Chicago stayed hot, as they once again won both games by scores of 4-2 to sweep the series and advance to the next playoff round.

Chicago would face the Boston Bruins in the East Division finals. Both teams finished the season with 99 points, however, since Boston had a record of 40-17-19, which was five wins less than Chicago, the Black Hawks were awarded home ice advantage. The Bruins had defeated the New York Rangers in their opening round. The series opened in Chicago, however, it was the Bruins who took control of the series, winning both games at Chicago Stadium by scores of 6-3 and 4-1 to take the series lead. The series moved to the Boston Garden for the next two games, and the Bruins easily knocked off the Black Hawks, winning the third game by a 5-2 score, then clinching the series with a 5-4 victory in the fourth game, sweeping the Black Hawks.

Season standingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicago Black Hawks 76 45 22 9 250 170 99
Boston Bruins 76 40 17 19 277 216 99
Detroit Red Wings 76 40 21 15 246 199 95
New York Rangers 76 38 22 16 246 189 92
Montreal Canadiens 76 38 22 16 244 201 92
Toronto Maple Leafs 76 29 34 13 222 242 71

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

Regular seasonEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 11 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 St. Louis Blues 0–1–0 0
2 October 12 Oakland Seals 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–2–0 0
3 October 15 Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3-0 0
4 October 18 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4–0 0
5 October 19 Minnesota North Stars 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5–0 0
6 October 22 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 New York Rangers 0–5–1 1
7 October 25 Chicago Black Hawks 5–0 Montreal Canadiens 1–5–1 3
8 October 29 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Oakland Seals 1–6–1 3
9 November 1 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Los Angeles Kings 2–6–1 5
10 November 5 New York Rangers 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–6–1 7
11 November 8 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–6–1 9
12 November 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–9 Chicago Black Hawks 5–6–1 11
13 November 15 Oakland Seals 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 6–6–1 13
14 November 16 Montreal Canadiens 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks 7–6–1 15
15 November 19 New York Rangers 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 7–6–2 16
16 November 21 Boston Bruins 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 7–6–3 17
17 November 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 8-6–3 19
18 November 26 Los Angeles Kings 0-6 Chicago Black Hawks 9–6–3 21
19 November 29 Chicago Black Hawks 4-5 Detroit Red Wings 9–7–3 21
20 November 30 St. Louis Blues 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 10–7–3 23
21 December 3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 New York Rangers 10–7–4 24
22 December 4 Montreal Canadiens 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks 10–8–4 24
23 December 6 Chicago Black Hawks 1-6 Boston Bruins 10–9–4 24
24 December 7 Detroit Red Wings 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 11–9–4 26
25 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 5–8 Minnesota North Stars 11–10–4 26
26 December 13 Chicago Black Hawks 1-4 Montreal Canadiens 11–11–4 26
27 December 14 Philadelphia Flyers 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 12–11–4 28
28 December 17 Chicago Black Hawks 1-3 Los Angeles Kings 12–12–4 28
29 December 19 Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 Oakland Seals 13–12–4 30
30 December 21 St. Louis Blues 0–4 Chicago Black 14–12–4 32
31 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 Minnesota North Stars 14–12–5 33
32 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 3–0 Pittsburgh Penguins 15–12–5 35
33 December 31 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Rangers 15–13–5 35
34 January 3 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–14–5 35
35 January 4 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 Detroit Red Wings 15–15–5 35
36 January 7 Detroit Red Wings 0-7 Chicago Black Hawks 16–15–5 37
37 January 10 Chicago Black Hawks 6–2 St. Louis Blues 17–15–5 39
38 January 11 Los Angeles Kings 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 18–15–5 41
39 January 14 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks 19–15–5 43
40 January 17 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0 Boston Bruins 20–15–5 45
41 January 18 Oakland Seals 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 21–15–5 47
42 January 22 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 Detroit Red Wings 22-15–5 49
43 January 24 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 22–16–5 49
44 January 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 22-17–5 49
45 January 28 Philadelphia Flyers 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 22–17–6 50
46 January 31 Chicago Black Hawks 5–0 Philadelphia Flyers 23–17–6 52
47 February 1 Minnesota North Stars 4–7 Chicago Black Hawks 24–17–6 54
48 February 4 Boston Bruins 4–8 Chicago Black Hawks 25–17–6 56
49 February 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 25–17–7 57
50 February 8 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 25–18–7 57
51 February 11 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–7 Chicago Black Hawks 26–18–7 59
52 February 14 Chicago Black Hawks 5–2 Minnesota North Stars 27–18–7 61
53 February 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks 28–18–7 63
54 February 18 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5 St. Louis Blues 28–19–7 63
55 February 19 Minnesota North Stars 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 29–19–7 65
56 February 21 New York Rangers 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 30–19–7 67
57 February 22 Boston Bruins 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks 31–19–7 69
58 February 26 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers 32–19–7 71
59 February 28 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Boston Bruins 32–20–7 71
60 March 1 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 New York Rangers 33–20–7 73
61 March 3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Los Angeles Kings 34–20–7 75
62 March 6 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 Oakland Seals 35–20–7 77
63 March 8 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers 36–20–7 79
64 March 10 Boston Bruins 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks 36–20–8 80
65 March 14 New York Rangers 4-7 Chicago Black Hawks 37–20–8 82
66 March 15 Los Angeles Kings 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 38–20–8 84
67 March 18 Chicago Black Hawks 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 39–20–8 86
68 March 19 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Boston Bruins 39–21–8 86
69 March 21 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 40–21–8 88
70 March 22 St. Louis Blues 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks 41–21–8 90
71 March 26 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0 Detroit Red Wings 42–21–8 92
72 March 28 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 42–21-9 93
73 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4 Chicago Black Hawks 43–21–9 95
74 April 1 Detroit Red Wings 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks 43–22–9 95
75 April 4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Montreal Canadiens 44–22–9 97
76 April 5 Montreal Canadiens 2–10 Chicago Black Hawks 45–22–9 99

Chicago Black Hawks 4, Detroit Red Wings 0Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 8 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 1-0
2 April 9 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 2-0
3 April 11 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Detroit Red Wings 3-0
4 April 12 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Detroit Red Wings 4-0

Boston Bruins 4, Chicago Black Hawks 0Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 19 Boston Bruins 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0-1
2 April 21 Boston Bruins 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0-2
3 April 23 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5 Boston Bruins 0-3
4 April 26 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 Boston Bruins 0-4

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita 76 39 47 86 50
Bobby Hull 61 38 29 67 8
Pit Martin 73 30 33 63 61
Jim Pappin 66 28 25 53 68
Dennis Hull 76 17 35 52 31

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Gerry Desjardins 4 240 4 0 0 8 0 2.00
Tony Esposito 63 3763 38 17 8 136 15 2.17
Denis DeJordy 10 557 3 5 1 25 0 2.69

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bobby Hull 8 3 8 11 2
Stan Mikita 8 4 6 10 2
Dennis Hull 8 5 2 7 0
Pit Martin 8 3 3 6 4
Jim Pappin 8 3 2 5 6

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Tony Esposito 8 480 4 4 27 0 3.38

Draft picksEdit

Chicago's draft picks at the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
113 J. P. Bordeleau Flag of Canada.svg Canada Montreal Jr. Canadiens (OHA)
224 Larry Romanchych Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
336 Milt Black Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)
448 Darryl Maggs Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
560 Mike Baumgartner Flag of the United States United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)
671 Dave Hudson Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of North Dakota (OHA)

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

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