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This week in Chicago Blackhawks history: Huge international moments, Hall of Fame & more

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September 8, 2022

This week in Chicago Blackhawks has an international flare to it. A handful of players who spent time in the Windy City had big moments on the world stage. Plus, the Hockey Hall of Fame opened their doors for more Blackhawks, and there are plenty of birthdays to celebrate.

September 8

1930 – Jack McIntyre was born in Brussels, ON. The Blackhawks acquired the defenseman in 1954 from the Boston Bruins for cash. Over five seasons in Chicago, McIntyre had 52 goals and 91 points in 231 games. On Dec. 17, 1957, he was traded with Bob Bailey, Hec Lalande, and Nick Mickoski to the Detroit Red Wings for Billy Dea, Bill Dineen, Lorne Ferguson, and Dutch Reibel.

1972 – Vancouver hosted Game 4 of the Summit Series, the fourth and final game played in Canada. Dennis Hull had a goal in the final minute of regulation, but it was too little, too late, as the Soviet Union beat Canada 5-3. Fans booed the players as they left the ice, leading to former Blackhawk Phil Esposito having an emotional outburst during his postgame interview.

1980 – Harry Lumley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with fellow goalie Gump Worsley, forward Lynn Patrick, and longtime American Hockey League president Jack Butterfield. Soon after winning a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1950, he was traded to the Blackhawks in part of a nine-player trade. In 1952, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs but was traded back to Chicago with Eric Nesterenko for cash in 1956. His second stint with the team ended midway through the 1958-59 season when he was sent to the Boston Bruins. Lumley went 19-85-19 with the Blackhawks, putting up a 3.63 goals-against average (GAA).

1990 – Michal Kempny was born in Hodonin, Czechoslovakia. The defenseman signed with the Blackhawks in 2016. After three goals and 15 points in 81 games, he was traded to the Washington Capitals for a third-round draft pick at the 2018 trade deadline. He averaged nearly 18 minutes a game during the 2018 postseason, culminating in the Captials’ first Stanley Cup victory in team history. Kempny signed with the Seattle Kraken this past offseason.

September 9

1911 – Hickey Nicholson was born in Charlottetown, PE. The left win played two games during the 1937-38 season, scoring one goal. These were the only two NHL games of his playing career.

2017 – Pierre Pilote died at the age of 85. He won three Norris Trophies with the Blackhawks for being the league’s top defenseman. He joined the franchise in 1955 and was one of five members of the Hockey Hall of Fame on the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team. He was named captain for the 1961-62 season and wore the C on his sweater until he was traded to Toronto in 1968. Pilote scored 77 goals and 477 points in 821 games. The Blackhawks retired the No. 3 in 2018 for Pilote and Keith Magnuson.

September 10

1908 – Pete Palangio was born in North Bay, ON. The Blackhawks acquired the winger in 1936 from the St. Louis Flyers of the American Hockey Association (AHA). He had 10 goals and 20 points in two seasons with the team. Shortly after the 1938 Stanley Cup win, Palangio was back in the AHA after a trade to the Tulsa Oilers. When he passed away in 2004, he was the last surviving member of the 1938 championship team and the oldest living Montreal Canadien. There is an ice rink named after him in his hometown of North Bay.

1939 – Jim Pappin was born in Sudbury, ON. He was acquired from the Maple Leafs in the 1968 trade that sent Pilote to Toronto. The popular right wing had 216 goals and 444 points in 488 games for the Blackhawks. On Feb. 16, 1972, Pappin set a franchise record by scoring two goals in six seconds against the Philadelphia Flyers. He was traded with a third-round draft pick to the California Golden Seals in 1975 for Joey Johnston. After his retirement in 1977, Pappin returned to the Blackhawks as a scout and stayed in that position until 1984, when he became the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the International Hockey League (IHL).

1954 – The Blackhawks purchased the contract of Red Sullivan from the Bruins. He scored 33 goals and 101 points in his two seasons with the team before being traded to the New York Rangers for forward Wally Hergesheimer.

1958 – Dave Feamster was born in Detroit, MI. The Blackhawks took him in the sixth round (96th overall) of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. The defenseman played 169 NHL games, all with Chicago, and scored 13 goals and 37 points. He currently owns six Little Caesars Pizza restaurants in Colorado.

2014 – The NHL announced that the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would be played at Nationals Park in Washington, with the Capitals hosting the Blackhawks. This was the second Winter Classic for both teams. The Blackhawks lost to the Red Wings 6-4 at Wrigley Field in 2009. Washington beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at Heinz Field in 2011.

September 11

1952 – The Blackhawks traded Lumley to the Maple Leafs for fellow netminder Al Rollins, forwards Ray Hannigan and Cal Gardner, and defenseman Gus Mortson. Lumley won 103 games over the next four seasons in Toronto. Rollins played 308 games for the Blackhawks over five seasons and went 81-171-56. Mortson played six seasons for the Blackhawks, Gardner was there for one, and Hannigan never suited up for Chicago.

1969 – The NHL expanded from 12 teams to 14 when Buffalo and Vancouver were awarded new franchises. The Sabres and Canucks joined the league for the 1970-71 season. Their addition caused the Blackhawks to move from the East Division to the West Division.

1994 – Teuvo Teravainen was born in Helsinki, Finland. He was a first-round pick (18th overall) of the Blackhawks in 2012. He had 17 goals and 44 points in 115 regular-season games in Chicago. He had four goals and 10 points in 18 playoff games in 2015, including two goals in the Stanley Cup Final. On June 15, 2016, he was traded with Bryan Bickell to the Carolina Hurricanes for a second and third-round draft pick. Since the deal, Teravainen has had 101 goals and 325 points in 411 games for the Hurricanes.

1995 –  The Blackhawks named Chris Chelios captain. He replaced Dirk Graham, who retired following the 1994-95 season. Chelios remained the team captain until he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1999.

September 12

1905 – Earl Miller was born in Lumsden, SK. The right wing played 94 games for the Blackhawks over five seasons, scoring 16 goals and 27 points. On Feb. 8, 1932, he was traded to the Maple Leafs for cash and helped them win the Stanley Cup.

1968 – Shawn Byram was born in Neepawa, MB. He signed with the Blackhawks in 1991 and appeared in one game during the 1991-92 season. His son Bowen won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche this past season.

1973 – Martin Lapointe was born in Ville St. Pierre, QC. The Red Wings drafted him with the 10th overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The veteran right wing and two-time Stanley Cup winner signed with Chicago in 2005. He served as co-captain with Adrian Aucoin for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Lapointe scored 30 goals and 62 points in 216 games for the Blackhawks before being traded to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 26, 2008, for a sixth-round draft pick that turned into Ben Smith.

1979 – At age 31, Bobby Orr became the youngest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The last 26 games of his legendary career came with the Blackhawks. Despite dealing with severe knee injuries, he still had six goals and 27 points.

1985 – Bert Olmstead was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with Gerry Chevers, John Mariucci, Rudy Pilous, and Jean Rattle. Olmstead, a five-time Stanley Cup champion, started his career with the Blackhawks. He had 22 goals and 54 points in 94 games. On Dec. 2, 1950, he was traded with Vic Stasiuk to the Red Wings for Steve Black and Lee Fogolin.

1994 – Former Blackhawks Lionel Conacher and Harry Watson were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame with builder Brian O’Neill.

Conacher, a defenseman, was acquired from the Montreal Maroons for Ted Graham in 1933. He had nine goals and 23 points in 48 games and helped the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The following offseason, he was part of a blockbuster trade with the Canadiens that also sent Leroy Goldsworthy and Roger Jenkins to Montreal for Marty Burke, Lorne Chabot, and Howie Morenz. Conacher was a superb athlete. He is one of the three players to have his name engraved on both the Stanley Cup and Grey Cup, given to the Canadian Football League champions. During his professional career, he also won boxing, lacrosse, and wrestling championships.

Watson was traded to Chicago by the Maple Leafs in 1954 for cash. The left wing played the final 168 games of his career with the Blackhawks and scored 36 goals and 49 points. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1943, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to serve during World War II and missed two full seasons. He won four more championships during his nine seasons with Toronto.

September 13

1907 – Art Lesieur was born in Fall River, MA. The defenseman was loaned to the Blackhawks by the Canadiens during the 1928-29 season and played in three games before returning to Montreal.

1926 – Emile Francis was born in North Battleford, SK. Before building a Hall of Fame resume as a head coach and general manager, Francis was a goaltender for the Blackhawks. He played 73 games for Chicago between 1946 and 1948, posting a 3.93 GAA and 25 wins. On Oct. 7, 1948, his long relationship with the Rangers began when he was traded to New York with Alex Kaleta for Jim Henry.

1966 – Igor Kravchuk was born in Ufa, USSR. The Blackhawks selected the blueliner in the fourth round (71st overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played the first 56 games of his 12-season career in Chicago, scoring seven goals and 24 points. On Feb. 24, 1993, he was traded with Dean McAmmond to the Edmonton Oilers for Joe Murphy.

1976 – Reto Von Arx was born in Egerkingen, Switzerland. He was a ninth-round pick (271st overall) in 2000. He played 19 games for the Blackhawks during the 2000-01 season and scored three goals and four points. He returned to Switzerland following that season and played professionally until 2013.

1984 – Canada beat the Soviet Union 3-2 in the semifinals of the Canada Cup with the help of three players who wore the Blackhawks sweater during their Hall of Fame careers. John Tonelli’s second-period power-play goal gave Canada a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. A pair of Sergeis, Svetlov and Makarov, gave the Soviets a 2-1 lead early in the final stanza. Late in regulation, Wayne Gretzky set up Doug Wilson for the game-tying goal. Paul Coffey broke up a 2-on-1 rush in overtime, then had his shot from the point deflected into the net by Mike Bossy to put Canada into the finals versus Sweden.

1992 – The Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 5-4 to earn a split of their two-game exhibition series in London. The game was decided by a shootout, a concept that the NHL did not adopt until the 2005-06 season. Michel Goulet, Steve Larmer, and Jeremy Roenick beat Patrick Roy in the shootout for the victory. A total of 88 penalty minutes were dished out during the exhibition contest, including a match penalty to Chris Chelios for trying to start a fight.

September 14

1970 – Goaltender Christian Soucy was born in Gatineua, QC. He played three minutes during a 6-3 loss to the Capitals on March 31, 1994, for his only NHL appearance. He did not face any shots.

1996 – The United States pulled off a huge upset by beating Canada 5-2 in Game 3 of the World Cup of Hockey Final. The first game of the final was played in Philadelphia and saw Canada pick up a 4-3 overtime win. The Americans bounced back with a 5-2 in Montreal to force a third and deciding game, again in Montreal.

Brett Hull opened the scoring with a power-play tally midway through the first period. American goaltender Mike Richter was under fire during the second period but only allowed a power-play goal to Eric Lindros. Adam Foote gave Canada a 2-1 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the third.

Hull tied the game four minutes later by deflecting a Brian Leetch shot past Curtis Joseph. Canada argued that it went in off a high stick, but a video review showed it as a false claim. Blackhawks star Tony Amonte scored the game-winning goal 43 seconds later to shock the Montreal crowd. Derian Hatcher and Adam Deadmarsh added goals in the final minute to ice the game and complete the upset.

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