1940–41 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1940–41 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 5th
1940–41 record 16–25–7
Home record 11–10–3
Road record 5–15–4
Goals for 112
Goals against 139
Team information
General Manager Frederic McLaughlin
Coach Paul Thompson
Captain Earl Siebert
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals George Allen (14)
Assists Doug Bentley (20)
Points Bill Thoms (32)
Penalties in minutes Joe Cooper (66)
Wins Sam LoPresti (9)
Goals against average Paul Goodman (2.50)
<1939–40 1941–42>

The 1940–41 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 15th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a very good regular season in 1939–40, finishing above .500 for the first time in 4 seasons, however, they were quickly eliminated in 2 games by the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs.

The Black Hawks would have a rough regular season in 1940–41, slipping to a 16–25–7 record, good for 39 points and 5th place in the NHL, and a 2nd straight playoff berth. The Hawks would score 112 goals, the 2nd fewest in the 7 team league, and they would allow 139 goals, which was the 3rd most.

Bill Thoms would lead the club in scoring with 32 points, while George Allen would get a team high 14 goals, and Doug Bentley would lead the club with 20 assists. Team captain Earl Siebert would anchor the blueline, earning 20 points, while fellow defenceman Joe Cooper had a club high 66 penalty minutes.

In goal, Paul Goodman would start the season, however, after a 7–10–4 start and a 2.50 GAA, he would be replaced by Sam LoPresti. LoPresti would go on to a 9–15–3 record and a GAA of 3.02.

Chicago would play the 6th place team, the Montreal Canadiens in a best of 3 series in the 1st round of the playoffs, and in a close fought series, with all 3 games being decided by a goal, the Black Hawks would defeat the Canadiens and earn a 2nd round matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings, who finished 14 points ahead of Chicago, would sweep the Black Hawks in 2 games, eliminating the Hawks from the playoffs.

Season standings[edit]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186

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

Playoffs[edit]

Chicago Black Hawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 20 Montreal Canadiens 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0
2 March 22 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 Montreal Canadiens 1–1
3 March 25 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1

Detroit Red Wings 2, Chicago Black Hawks 0[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 27 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Detroit Red Wings 0–1
2 March 30 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–2

Player statistics[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Thoms 47 13 19 32 8
George Allen 44 14 17 31 22
Doug Bentley 46 8 20 28 12
Cully Dahlstrom 40 11 14 25 6
John Chad 44 7 18 25 16
Phil Hergesheimer 47 8 16 24 9
Bill Carse 30 5 15 20 12
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Paul Goodman 21 1320 7 10 4 55 2 2.50
Sam LoPresti 27 1670 9 15 3 84 1 3.02

Playoffs statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Cully Dahlstrom 5 3 3 6 2
Mush March 4 2 3 5 0
George Allen 5 2 2 4 10
Max Bentley 4 1 3 4 2
Doug Bentley 5 1 1 2 4
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Sam LoPresti 5 343 2 3 12 0 2.10

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. 148. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.