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This Week In Hawks History: March 9-15

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Ed Belfour

Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • On March 9, 2003, Eric Daze and Steve Sullivan each registered a hat trick in an 8-5 home victory over Boston. It remains the only Hawks double hat trick at the UC and the last of six in Chicago history.

  • On March 10, 1991, Steve Larmer tied a team mark by beginning a three-game string of multi-goal games that tied Bobby Hull, Al Secord and Doug Mohns' record. Steve Sullivan – whose streak began with the hat trick on March 9, 2003 – eventually added his name to the list, as well.

  • The Hawks clinched the Prince of Wales trophy – awarded to the top regular-season NHL team – for the first time on March 12, 1967 in a 5-0 whitewash of Toronto at the Stadium. Veteran goalie Glenn Hall chalked up his 51st and last regular-season shutout in a Chicago uniform.

  • On the same date in 1989 at the Stadium, the Blackhawks fired a team-record 62 shots at Pittburgh goalie Tom Barraso, but the Penguins' netminder made 57 saves to help the visitors to a 6-5 decision.

  • On March 14, 1991 in Los Angeles, goalie Ed Belfour earned his Hawks-record 39th win to surpass Tony Esposito's standard while besting the Kings 6-3. Belfour went on to earn NHL's rookie of the year award – the Calder Trophy – as he finished the season with 43 victories.

  • Also on that date in 1933, the Hawks suffered the only forfeit in team history in Boston. With the team trailing the Bruins 3-2, referee Bill Stewart ejected Chicago coach Tom Gorman. The irate Hawks players followed their coach into the dressing room and Stewart awarded the Bruins a 1-0 forfeit.

  • On March 15, 1998, Eric Daze was the difference when his scored the only four-goal game in his Hawk career as Chicago cruised past the Panthers 8-4 at Florida.

  • Also on the same date in 1988, the Hawks tied a team record for most goals by two teams in a tie game when they fought to a 7-7 draw in St. Louis.

  • Also on the 15th, in 1953, Hawks goalie Al Rollins was in the nets for the first of his four scoreless ties when Chicago fought Detroit and goalie Terry Sawchuk to a double shutout at the Stadium.


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