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Blackhawks to host Heritage Night to honor 1961 Stanley Cup championship team

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The Chicago Blackhawks will host a Heritage Night to honor the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team at the United Center on Sunday, January 9, 2011, when the club battles the New York Islanders at 6:30 P.M. The 2010-11 season marks the 50th anniversary of the team’s last championship before the 2009-10 campaign.

Members of the 1961 team, including Blackhawks Ambassadors Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, will be honored throughout the evening with a ceremonial puck drop, a pre-game video and several in-game tributes. The first 10,000 fans to enter the building will receive a 1961 Stanley Cup Championship Team Heritage Night hat sponsored by The PrivateBank.

Chicago will also host Chris Chelios Heritage Night on December 17 when the team hosts the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 P.M. Over the last two seasons, the Blackhawks have hosted Heritage Nights for Tony Amonte, Glenn Hall, Steve Larmer, Bob Probert, Jeremy Roenick, the “MPH” line of Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull and for each of the organization’s four ambassadors (Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Mikita and Denis Savard).

The 1961 Blackhawks team finished the regular season with a 29-24-17 record before defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 4-games-to-2, in the semifinals and Detroit, 4-games-to-2, in the Stanley Cup Final to earn the franchise’s third championship. Ab McDonald netted the Cup-clinching goal at the 18:49 mark of the second period to lift the team to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings in the decisive Game 6.

Center Bill Hay led the club with 59 points (11G, 48A) during the regular season while defenseman Pierre Pilote paced the team with 15 points (3G, 12A) during the postseason. Under the direction of Head Coach Rudy Pilous, Glenn Hall played in all 70 regular-season and 12 playoff games. Pilous, Hall, Hull, Mikita and Pilote were all inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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