1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 4th American
1936–37 record 14–27–7
Home record 8–13–3
Road record 6–14–4
Goals for 99
Goals against 131
Team information
General Manager Frederic McLaughlin
Coach Clem Loughlin
Captain Johnny Gottselig
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Paul Thompson (17)
Assists Johnny Gottselig (21)
Points Paul Thompson (35)
Penalties in minutes Earl Siebert (46)
Wins Mike Karakas (14)
Goals against average Mike Karakas (2.64)
<1935–36 1937–38>

The 1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 11th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a quick playoff exit, as the Hawks lost to the underdog New York Americans in the 1st round of the 1936 playoffs. The Black Hawks would then have their worst season since 1928–29, as the team finished with only 35 points with a 14–27–7 record, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1932–33. Chicago scored an NHL low 99 goals, and gave up 131 goals, the 2nd highest total in the league.

Paul Thompson would lead the Hawks offensively, scoring a club high in goals (17) and points (35). Team captain Johnny Gottselig had a team high 21 assists. Pep Kelly, who the Hawks acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the season, scored 13 goals in 29 games with Chicago after scoring only 2 goals in 16 games with the Leafs. Defenseman Earl Siebert led all defensemen with 9 goals and 15 points, and had a team high 46 penalty minutes.

In goal, Mike Karakas would get all the action, winning 14 games, earning 5 shutouts, and posting a 2.64 GAA.

The Black Hawks would fail to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1933, as they finished in the cellar of the American Division, 12 points behind the 3rd place New York Rangers.

Season standings[edit]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 48 25 14 9 128 102 59
Boston Bruins 48 23 18 7 120 110 53
New York Rangers 48 19 20 9 117 106 47
Chicago Black Hawks 48 14 27 7 99 131 35

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Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 November 5 New York Americans 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0–1 1
2 November 12 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0 New York Americans 0–0–2 2
3 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1–2 2
4 November 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–3 3
5 November 19 Montreal Maroons 4–0 Chicago Black Hawks 0–2–3 3
6 November 22 Boston Bruins 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3–3 3
7 November 24 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Boston Bruins 0–3–4 4
8 November 26 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0 Detroit Red Wings 1–3–4 6
9 November 29 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4–4 6
10 December 6 New York Rangers 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5–4 6
11 December 8 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0 New York Rangers 1–5–5 7
12 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Montreal Maroons 1–6–5 7
13 December 13 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7–5 7
14 December 20 New York Americans 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7–5 9
15 December 22 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 2–8–5 9
16 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Detroit Red Wings 2–8–6 10
17 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1 New York Rangers 2–9–6 10
18 December 29 Montreal Canadiens 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 3–9–6 12
19 January 1 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–9–6 14
20 January 3 Montreal Maroons 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 4–10–6 14
21 January 7 Boston Bruins 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 4–11–6 14
22 January 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–11–6 16
23 January 12 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Boston Bruins 6–11–6 18
24 January 14 Chicago Black Hawks 3–7 Montreal Maroons 6–12–6 18
25 January 16 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–13–6 18
26 January 17 Detroit Red Wings 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 6–14–6 18
27 January 19 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Detroit Red Wings 6–15–6 18
28 January 21 New York Rangers 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks 7–15–6 20
29 January 24 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks 7–16–6 20
30 January 26 Chicago Black Hawks 9–0 New York Americans 8–16–6 22
31 January 28 Chicago Black Hawks 5–6 Montreal Canadiens 8–17–6 22
32 January 31 Montreal Maroons 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 8–18–6 22
33 February 7 New York Americans 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 9–18–6 24
34 February 11 New York Rangers 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 10–18–6 26
35 February 14 Boston Bruins 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 10–19–6 26
36 February 18 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Rangers 10–20–6 26
37 February 20 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Montreal Maroons 10–21–6 26
38 February 21 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6 Detroit Red Wings 10–22–6 26
39 February 25 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 10–23–6 26
40 February 28 New York Rangers 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 11–23–6 28
41 March 2 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Boston Bruins 12–23–6 30
42 March 4 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Montreal Canadiens 13–23–6 32
43 March 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 13–23–7 33
44 March 11 Boston Bruins 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks 13–24–7 33
45 March 13 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–25–7 33
46 March 16 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 New York Rangers 14–25–7 35
47 March 18 Chicago Black Hawks 4–9 New York Americans 14–26–7 35
48 March 21 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Boston Bruins 14–27–7 35

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Thompson 47 17 18 35 28
Johnny Gottselig 47 9 21 30 10
Wildor Larochelle 43 9 10 19 6
Louis Trudel 42 6 12 18 11
Doc Romnes 28 4 14 18 2

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Mike Karakas 48 2978 14 27 7 131 5 2.64

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.