- 1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks season
PointsLeader=Bobby Hull (107)
Pat Stapleton& Gilles Marotte(+23)
PIMLeader=Gilles Marotte (120)
GAALeader=Denis DeJordy (3.14)
The 1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks forty-third season in the NHL, and the club was coming off a 4th place finish in the East Division in 1967-68, as they earned 80 points, and qualified for the post-season for the tenth consecutive season. The Black Hawks then upset the second place
New York Rangersin the NHL quarter-finals, before falling to the Montreal Canadiensin five games in the NHL semi-finals. [ [http://hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1968.html 1967-68 NHL Season Summary - Hockey-Reference.com ] ]
The NHL announced during the summer that the league would once again increase its schedule, as it went from 74 games to 76.
During the off-season, the Black Hawks traded team captain
Pierre Piloteto the Toronto Maple Leafsin exchange for Jim Pappin. Pilote had been the captain since the 1961-62 season, and head coach Billy Reaydecided to not name a captain for the club for the season.
The Black Hawks would start the season off on the right foot, beginning the year with a four game winning streak, however, the team would eventually fall into a slump, and sit with a 6-6-0 record twelve games in. Chicago would then get hot again, and eventually found themselves a season high eight games over .500 during their streak, and found themselves in a heated playoff race with the
Toronto Maple Leafsand Detroit Red Wingsfor the fourth and final playoff position in the East. The Hawks would then fall into a slump, as they had winless streaks of five games and eight games, to fall out of the race, and into the cellar of the East Division. Chicago would end the year with an over .500 record, as they were 34-33-9, earning 77 points, however, the team finished in last, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1957-58. [ [http://hockey-reference.com/teams/CBH/1969_games.html 1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks Games - Hockey-Reference.com ] ]
Offensively, the Hawks were led by
Bobby Hull, who once again set an NHL record for goals in a season, as he scored 58 times, and he became the second player in league history to record 100 points, as he finished the season with 107 points, which was second in league scoring. Stan Mikitahad another excellent season also, scoring 30 goals and earning 97 points as he finished fourth in NHL scoring. Newly acquired Jim Pappinfit right in, scoring 30 goals and 70 points. Kenny Wharramand Dennis Hullalso scored 30 goals to give the Hawks five players with 30+ goals in the season. Pat Stapletonled the defense with 56 points, while Gilles Marotteled the team with 120 penalty minutes, and tied Stapleton with the team lead in plus/minus, with a +23.
Denis DeJordysaw most of the action, playing in 53 games, earning a team high 22 victories, and a team best 3.14 GAA, along with 2 shutouts. [ [http://goaliesarchive.com/hawks/indexdejordy.html Chicago Blackhawks goaltending history : Denis Dejordy ] ] Backup Dave Drydenplayed well, earning 11 victories, while earning a team best 3 shutouts. [ [http://goaliesarchive.com/hawks/indexdryden.html Chicago Blackhawks goaltending history : Dave Dryden ] ]
Chicago's draft picks at the
1968 NHL Amateur Draftheld at the Queen Elizabeth Hotelin Montreal, Quebec.
* [http://hockey-reference.com/teams/CBH/1969.html Hockey-Reference]
* [http://www.rauzulusstreet.com/hockey/nhlrecords/nhl1969.htm Rauzulu's Street]
* [http://www.goaliesarchive.com/hawks/index.html Goalies Archive]
* [http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1968a.html HockeyDB]
*National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007
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