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This Week In Hawks History: March 16-22

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Denis Savard

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • On March 16, 1941, for the first time in NHL history, Hawks coach Paul Thompson pulled his goalie for an extra attacker in the final game of the regular season, a 3-0 loss to Toronto.

  • On St. Patrick's Day in 1985, current Hawks TV analyst and Chicago-area native Eddie Olczyk tied a team mark for rookies with 4 points in a game (1 G, 3 A) as his squad beat Vancouver 6-4 at the Stadium.

  • Despite compiling a team-record 158 penalty minutes in one game, the Hawks prevailed over St. Louis 6-4 at the Stadium on the same date in 1991.

  • The first afternoon game in NHL history occurred on March 19, 1933, as the Hawks hosted Detroit at the Stadium.

  • It was on the same date in 1998 when Denis Savard's no. 18 jersey was retired in a special ceremony at the United Center. Savard holds the team record of 131 points in the 1987-88 season, and ranks third, second and fourth in career points, assists and goals, respectively.

  • On March 20, 1983, Al Secord became the second Blackhawk to score 50 goals in a season as Chicago rolled past Toronto 7-3 at the Stadium.

  • A number of team penalty marks were set - such as most penalty minutes in one period (102) - in a free-for-all at Minnesota on March 21, 1983.

  • Chicago's Steve Thomas got the only four-goal night of his career as a Blackhawk on March 22, 1990 in a 6-3 win over New Jersey.

  • On the same date in 1982, Savard broke the Bobby Hull’s Blackhawks record with his 108th point of the season at Toronto as he went on to 119 in the campaign.
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