The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team based in Chicago, Illinois. The nickname of the team was "Black Hawks" before the 1986 NHL season.
The Chicago Black Hawks joined the NHL in 1926 as part of the league's successful foray into United States-based teams. Most of the Hawks' original players came from the Portland Rosebuds of the Western Hockey League, which had folded the previous season, and the players which were bought out by the Hawks' owner, Frederic McLaughlin.
Retired numbers: * 99: Wayne Gretzky, C, number retired league-wide by NHL * 35: Tony Esposito, G, 1969â€“84, number retired November 20, 1988 * 21: Stan Mikita, C, 1958â€“80, number retired October 19, 1980 * 18: Denis Savard, C, 1980-90 & 1994-97, number retired March 19, 1998 * 9: Bobby Hull, LW, 1957â€“72, number retired December 18, 1983 * 3: Pierre Pilote, D, 1955â€“68, number retired November 12, 2008 * 3: Keith Magnuson, D, 1969â€“80, number retired November 12, 2008 * 1: Glenn Hall, G, 1957â€“67, number retired November 20, 1988
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