May 05, 2008

1961: From Outhouse to Penthouse For Chicago

The year is 1961. After spending much of the previous decade as cellar dwellers, the Chicago Blackhawks emerge as Stanley Cup champions, knocking off Montreal in round one and Detroit in 6 games in the finals.

Everyone immediately thinks of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Glenn Hall. But Pierre Pilote controlled the pace of play from the blue line, and Reggie Fleming scored the most pivotal goal of the finals.

Here is a great YouTube video on the 1961 championship:

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