1953–54 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1953–54 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 6th
1953–54 record 12–51–7
Home record 8–21–6
Road record 4–30–1
Goals for 133
Goals against 242
Team information
General Manager Bill Tobin
Coach Sid Abel
Captain Bill Gadsby
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Pete Conacher (19)
Assists Larry Wilson (33)
Points Larry Wilson (42)
Penalties in minutes Gus Mortson (132)
Wins Al Rollins (12)
Goals against average Al Rollins (3.23)
<1952–53 1954–55>

The 1953–54 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's twenty-eighth season in the NHL, and they were coming off of a successful season in 1952–53, in which the team set team records in wins (27) and points (69), while earning their first playoff berth since the 1945–46 season. The Hawks lost to the Montreal Canadiens in seven games in the NHL semi-finals.

The Black Hawks were looking to build on their newfound success, however, the club would open the season with a record of 0–7–1 to quickly fall into last place in the NHL standings. Wins would be few and far between for the club, as they managed to win consecutive games only twice throughout the season, and finished the year dead last in the league with a 12–51–7 record, earning 31 points. The 12 wins was Chicago's fewest since the 1938–39 season, while the 31 points was their lowest total since the 1928–29 season.

Offensively, Chicago was led by Larry Wilson, who had a team high 33 assists and 42 points, while Pete Conacher scored a club best 19 goals. Defenceman and team captain Bill Gadsby had a career season, scoring 12 goals and 41 points, while getting 108 penalty minutes. Fellow defenceman Gus Mortson led the team with 132 penalty minutes.

In goal, Al Rollins played in 66 games, winning 12 games, while posting a 3.23 GAA and 7 shutouts. He was awarded the Hart Trophy for his efforts.

Season standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 191 132 +59 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 195 141 +54 81
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 152 131 +21 78
4 Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 177 181 -4 −4 74
5 New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 161 182 -21 −21 68
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 133 242 -109 −109 31


Game log[edit]

Regular season[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 8 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Montreal Canadiens 0–1–0 0
2 October 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2–0 0
3 October 11 New York Rangers 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3–0 0
4 October 16 Detroit Red Wings 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3–1 1
5 October 17 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Detroit Red Wings 0–4–1 1
6 October 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5–1 1
7 October 22 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6–1 1
8 October 25 Boston Bruins 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–7–1 1
9 October 28 Chicago Black Hawks 6–1 New York Rangers 1–7–1 3
10 October 31 Montreal Canadiens 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7–1 5
11 November 1 Boston Bruins 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7–2 6
12 November 4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–8–2 6
13 November 5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Boston Bruins 2–9–2 6
14 November 7 New York Rangers 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–10–2 6
15 November 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–11–2 6
16 November 11 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 New York Rangers 2–12–2 6
17 November 12 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Montreal Canadiens 2–13–2 6
18 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 3–13–2 8
19 November 15 Montreal Canadiens 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–13–3 9
20 November 18 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 New York Rangers 3–14–3 9
21 November 20 Boston Bruins 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 3–15–3 9
22 November 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks 3–16–3 9
23 November 26 Montreal Canadiens 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–17–3 9
24 November 28 Chicago Black Hawks 0–9 Detroit Red Wings 3–18–3 9
25 November 29 Detroit Red Wings 9–4 Chicago Black Hawks 3–19–3 9
26 December 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 New York Rangers 3–19–4 10
27 December 3 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Boston Bruins 3–20–4 10
28 December 5 New York Rangers 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 4–20–4 12
29 December 6 Chicago Black Hawks 5–0 Detroit Red Wings 5–20–4 14
30 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Montreal Canadiens 5–21–4 14
31 December 12 Chicago Black Hawks 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–22–4 14
32 December 13 Boston Bruins 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–22–5 15
33 December 17 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Detroit Red Wings 5–23–5 15
34 December 18 Detroit Red Wings 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 5–24–5 15
35 December 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 6–24–5 17
36 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Boston Bruins 6–25–5 17
37 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 New York Rangers 7–25–5 19
38 January 1 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 8–25–5 21
39 January 2 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–26–5 21
40 January 6 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 New York Rangers 8–27–5 21
41 January 9 Chicago Black Hawks 1–12 Montreal Canadiens 8–28–5 21
42 January 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Boston Bruins 8–29–5 21
43 January 13 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–30–5 21
44 January 14 New York Rangers 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 8–31–5 21
45 January 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 8–32–5 21
46 January 21 Boston Bruins 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 8–33–5 21
47 January 23 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Montreal Canadiens 8–34–5 21
48 January 24 Montreal Canadiens 3–8 Chicago Black Hawks 9–34–5 23
49 January 28 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Boston Bruins 9–35–5 23
50 January 30 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 9–36–5 23
51 January 31 Detroit Red Wings 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks 9–37–5 23
52 February 4 New York Rangers 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 9–38–5 23
53 February 6 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–39–5 23
54 February 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–39–5 25
55 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–39–6 26
56 February 14 Detroit Red Wings 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks 10–40–6 26
57 February 15 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Detroit Red Wings 10–41–6 26
58 February 19 New York Rangers 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks 10–42–6 26
59 February 21 Boston Bruins 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 10–43–6 26
60 February 25 Detroit Red Wings 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 10–44–6 26
61 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–45–6 26
62 February 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 11–45–6 28
63 March 5 New York Rangers 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks 11–45–7 29
64 March 7 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6 Boston Bruins 11–46–7 29
65 March 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 New York Rangers 11–47–7 29
66 March 11 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Detroit Red Wings 11–48–7 29
67 March 13 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 Montreal Canadiens 11–49–7 29
68 March 14 Montreal Canadiens 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks 11–50–7 29
69 March 19 Boston Bruins 0–7 Chicago Black Hawks 12–50–7 31
70 March 21 Chicago Black Hawks 5–9 Boston Bruins 12–51–7 31

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Larry Wilson 66 9 33 42 22
Bill Gadsby 70 12 29 41 108
Bill Mosienko 65 15 19 34 17
Pete Conacher 70 19 9 28 23
Lou Jankowski 68 15 13 28 7

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Al Rollins 66 3960 12 47 7 213 5 3.23
Jean Marois 2 120 0 2 0 11 0 5.50
Jack Gelineau 2 120 0 2 0 18 0 9.00

Roster[edit]

1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks
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