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Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks - known by locals and fans as "the Hawks" - are a professional hockey team playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). The United Center is their home area, which they share with the hometown NBA team, the Chicago Bulls. Each year their regular season campaign begins in October and runs through April. They play a total of 82 regular season hockey games each year - 41 of which are played at the United Center. In recent years the Hawks have experienced a resurgence of their former glory by winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, their first Championship since 1961.

The History of the Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks were founded in 1926 and joined the NHL during the league's first expansion into the United States.

The NHL Chicago Blackhawks were founded in 1926 and joined the NHL as one of three teams during the league's first wave of expansion into the United States. The first owner of the franchise, Frederic 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 "Blackhawk Division" after Chief Black Hawk, a prominent Native American in the history of Illinois.

McLaughlin, having no experience with hockey, still took it upon himself to control most of the franchise including being his own General Manager. He was eager to promote the sport in the United States especially by promoting American hockey players. The Chicago Blackhawks soon became the first NHL team with an all-American-born lineup.

The Chicago Blackhawks hockey team had a rocky start in the NHL, but by 1934 they won their first Stanley Cup, and repeated the achievement in 1938. When McLaughlin passed away in 1944, ownership of the Blackhawks passed to Bill Tobin who was basically a puppet for the Red Wings owner, James E. Norris. Until the late '50's the Blackhawks were ignored and served only to boost the power of the Detroit Red Wings.

Finally, under new ownership in the late '50's, the Blackhawks began a period of revival, and in 1961 they won the Stanley Cup for the first time since '38 by beating the mighty Montreal Canadians in six games. However, the Hawks would lose the Stanley Cup the following year to Toronto, and in the years that followed, the Blackhawks would become one of the most jilted teams in the National Hockey League. Despite making the playoffs year after year, the Blackhawks would not raise Lord Stanley's Cup for close to 50 years.

In 2010, a young Chicago Blackhawks NHL team led by Patrick Kane and Marion Hossa beat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to end their Stanley Cup drought, and the first Chicago sports championship since the Bulls won the NBA Finals in 1998. The subsequent parade and celebration was a great example of the passion and loyalty displayed by sports fans in Chicago.

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United Center

The United Center is the home of the Chicago Blackhawks, and is located on the West Side of Chicago. One of the biggest arenas in the NHL, the Chicago United Center opened in 1994 and enjoyed a significant renovation in 2010. Here are some things to know before you visit the famous United Center Chicago for an upcoming Chicago Blackhawks game:

    • Buy Blackhawks Tickets in Advance: Given their recent ascent to the top of the NHL, Chicago Blackhawks tickets at the United Center are once again some of the hottest tickets in Chicago. Luckily, you have 41 chances to see the Hawks on their home ice. Browse our complete list of Chicago Blackhawks tickets below to enjoy the thrill of NHL hockey in person at the United Center.

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The United Center is the home of the Chicago Blackhawks

  • Bring Cash for Parking: Chicago Parking at the United Center is $25 for every game on the Blackhawks schedule. There are a few nearby Chicago parking lots with more competitive rates, and if you don't mind a little walking, there are generally free Chicago parking spots available on the streets of nearby neighborhoods.
  • Hotels Near the United Center: Chicago hotels close to the United Center allow you to skip the hassle of parking, and put you in the middle of the action in the West Side of Chicago. Luxury hotels in Chicago close to the United Center include the Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC - less than a half-mile from the United Center Chicago - and the popular Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro is just a short walk from this famous Chicago sports arena. For more information on hotels in Chicago, check out our comprehensive guide to the best Chicago hotels.
  • Pre-Game Drinks: Warm up with a stiff beverage before you step into the icy arena at one of the popular Chicago bars close to the United Center. The WestEnd Chicago Bar is a classic American sports bar close to the United Center, and they run a free shuttle to Chicago Blackhawks games throughout the season, so friends can meet up for a cold one and enjoy a free ride to this favorite Chicago sports stadium. For more information on the best Chicago nightlife in the West Side of Chicago, check out our complete list of popular bars in Chicago.

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