1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 4th East
1967–68 record 32–26–16
Home record 20–13–4
Road record 12–13–12
Goals for 212
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Tommy Ivan
Coach Billy Reay
Captain Pierre Pilote
Alternate captains Bobby Hull
Stan Mikita
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Hull (44)
Assists Stan Mikita (47)
Points Stan Mikita (87)
Penalties in minutes Gilles Marotte (122)
Plus/minus Bobby Hull (+14)
Wins Denis DeJordy (23)
Goals against average Denis DeJordy (2.71)
<1966–67 1968–69>

The 1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' forty-second season in the NHL. The team was coming off their best regular season in team history. In 1966–67, Chicago finished in first place for the first time in club history with a franchise record 94 points. The Black Hawks were then upset by the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games in the NHL semi-finals.[1]

Off-season[edit]

There were many changes in the NHL during the off-season. Most notably the league doubled in size, as six expansion teams began play in the 1967–68 season. The new teams added to the league were the California Seals (renamed to Oakland Seals in November), Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. The league placed all of the expansion teams in the new West Division, while the Original Six teams made up a newly created East Division. The NHL schedule also increased from 70 to 74 games.

The Black Hawks saw significant roster changes as they lost a number of players in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. The most noteworthy loss was goaltender Glenn Hall, left unprotected by the Hawks and drafted by the St. Louis Blues. Chicago also made a blockbuster trade, sending Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield to the Boston Bruins for Pit Martin, Gilles Marotte, and Jack Norris.

Regular season[edit]

A six game losing streak to start the season left the Black Hawks in last place. Chicago then rebounded, going 20–4–12 in their next 36 games. Poor play late in the season left the team with a 32–26–16 mark, good for 80 points and the fourth and final playoff berth from the East Division. It was the team's ninth consecutive postseason appearance.[2]

Stan Mikita led the Hawks offense. His 40 goals and 47 assists (a league-best 87 points) won him both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy for the second straight year. Bobby Hull led the league in goals for the sixth time in his career, as he scored 44 times and earned 75 points. Kenny Wharram had another very solid season, earning 69 points, while Doug Mohns finished with 53 points. Pat Stapleton led the defense with 38 points, while Pierre Pilote finished just behind him with 37. Newly acquired Gilles Marotte led the team in penalty minutes with 122.

Denis DeJordy saw most of the action in goal. Playing in 50 games, DeJordy recorded a career high 23 wins, along with a team best 2.71 GAA and four shutouts.[3]

Season standings[edit]

East Division[4]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 74 42 22 10 236 167 +69 94
2 New York Rangers 74 39 23 12 226 183 +43 90
3 Boston Bruins 74 37 27 10 259 216 +43 84
4 Chicago Black Hawks 74 32 26 16 212 222 -10 −10 80
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 74 33 31 10 209 176 +33 76
6 Detroit Red Wings 74 27 35 12 245 257 -12 −12 66


Game log[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 11 New York Rangers 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–0 0
2 October 14 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2–0 0
3 October 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3–0 0
4 October 18 Boston Bruins 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4–0 0
5 October 21 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–5–0 0
6 October 22 Los Angeles Kings 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6–0 0
7 October 25 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 New York Rangers 0–6–1 1
8 October 28 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Minnesota North Stars 1–6–1 3
9 October 29 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Detroit Red Wings 1–7–1 3
10 November 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Los Angeles Kings 2–7–1 5
11 November 5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 California Seals 2–7–2 6
12 November 8 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–7–2 8
13 November 11 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Montreal Canadiens 3–7–3 9
14 November 12 St. Louis Blues 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 4–7–3 11
15 November 15 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 St. Louis Blues 5–7–3 13
16 November 18 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–7–4 14
17 November 19 Detroit Red Wings 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–7–5 15
18 November 22 Chicago Black Hawks 7–1 New York Rangers 6–7–5 17
19 November 23 Montreal Canadiens 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks 6–8–5 17
20 November 25 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Minnesota North Stars 7–8–5 19
21 November 26 Minnesota North Stars 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 8–8–5 21
22 November 29 Philadelphia Flyers 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 9–8–5 23
23 December 2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Boston Bruins 9–8–6 24
24 December 3 Minnesota North Stars 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 9–9–6 24
25 December 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–7 Chicago Black Hawks 10–9–6 26
26 December 9 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Montreal Canadiens 10–9–7 27
27 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers 11–9–7 29
28 December 13 New York Rangers 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 12–9–7 31
29 December 14 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Detroit Red Wings 13–9–7 33
30 December 16 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins 13–9–8 34
31 December 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks 14–9–8 36
32 December 20 Boston Bruins 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks 15–9–8 38
33 December 23 Philadelphia Flyers 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 16–9–8 40
34 December 25 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 17–9–8 42
35 December 27 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Boston Bruins 17–10–8 42
36 December 30 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 New York Rangers 17–10–9 43
37 December 31 Oakland Seals 0–3 Chicago Black Hawks 18–10–9 45
38 January 6 Detroit Red Wings 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks 19–10–9 47
39 January 7 Boston Bruins 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 20–10–9 49
40 January 10 New York Rangers 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 20–10–10 50
41 January 13 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 Detroit Red Wings 20–10–11 51
42 January 14 St. Louis Blues 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–10–12 52
43 January 17 New York Rangers 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–11–12 52
44 January 20 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Montreal Canadiens 20–12–12 52
45 January 21 Chicago Black Hawks 0–6 Boston Bruins 20–13–12 52
46 January 24 Detroit Red Wings 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–14–12 52
47 January 27 Chicago Black Hawks 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 21–14–12 54
48 January 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 21–15–12 54
49 January 31 Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 New York Rangers 22–15–12 56
50 February 1 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 Boston Bruins 22–15–13 57
51 February 3 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers 22–16–13 57
52 February 4 Los Angeles Kings 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks 23–16–13 59
53 February 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks 24–16–13 61
54 February 10 Chicago Black Hawks 4–6 Montreal Canadiens 24–17–13 61
55 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks 24–18–13 61
56 February 14 Boston Bruins 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 25–18–13 63
57 February 17 Chicago Black Hawks 7–4 Detroit Red Wings 26–18–13 65
58 February 18 Detroit Red Wings 1–7 Chicago Black Hawks 27–18–13 67
59 February 21 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0 Oakland Seals 28–18–13 69
60 February 24 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Los Angeles Kings 28–18–14 70
61 February 28 Chicago Black Hawks 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 29–18–14 72
62 March 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 St. Louis Blues 29–18–15 73
63 March 3 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 New York Rangers 29–19–15 73
64 March 6 Boston Bruins 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 29–20–15 73
65 March 9 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5 Montreal Canadiens 29–21–15 73
66 March 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4 Chicago Black Hawks 30–21–15 75
67 March 13 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 31–21–15 77
68 March 17 Oakland Seals 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 32–21–15 79
69 March 20 New York Rangers 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 32–22–15 79
70 March 21 Chicago Black Hawks 0–8 Boston Bruins 32–23–15 79
71 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 7–2 Chicago Black Hawks 32–24–15 79
72 March 28 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Detroit Red Wings 32–25–15 79
73 March 30 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 32–26–15 79
74 March 31 Detroit Red Wings 5–5 Chicago Black Hawks 32–26–16 80

Playoffs[edit]

The Hawks would open the playoffs against the New York Rangers in the East Division semi-finals. The Rangers finished the season with 90 points, which was 10 more than Chicago. The series opened up with two games at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the Rangers took control of the series, winning both games for a 2–0 series lead. The series moved to Chicago Stadium for the next two games, and the Hawks responded on their home ice, winning both games to even the series up. The fifth game was played in New York, however, the Black Hawks held off the Rangers, winning the game 2–1, and took a 3–2 series lead. Chicago would wrap up the series in the sixth game at home, easily defeating the Rangers 4–1, and advance to the East Division finals.

Chicago would face the Montreal Canadiens, with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup final. The Canadiens had the best record in the NHL, as they earned 94 points. Montreal swept the Boston Bruins in their first playoff round. The series began at the Montreal Forum, and the Canadiens quickly took a 2–0 series lead, as they dominated the Hawks in both games, winning 9–2 and 4–1. The series moved to Chicago for the next two games, however, in the third game of the series, Montreal took a 3–0 series lead, doubling the Hawks 4–2 to put Chicago on the brink of elimination. The Black Hawks staved off elimination in the fourth game, narrowly defeating Montreal 2–1, however, in the fifth game, played in Montreal, the Canadiens ended the series with an overtime winning goal, and advance to the Stanley Cup final.[5]

Chicago Black Hawks 4, New York Rangers 2[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 New York Rangers 0–1
2 April 9 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 New York Rangers 0–2
3 April 11 New York Rangers 4–7 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2
4 April 13 New York Rangers 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2
5 April 14 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 New York Rangers 3–2
6 April 16 New York Rangers 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2

Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Black Hawks 1[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 Chicago Black Hawks 2–9 Montreal Canadiens 0–1
2 April 20 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 0–2
3 April 23 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 0–3
4 April 25 Montreal Canadiens 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3
5 April 28 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 Montreal Canadiens 1–4

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita 72 40 47 87 14
Bobby Hull 71 44 31 75 52
Kenny Wharram 74 27 42 69 18
Doug Mohns 65 24 29 53 53
Pat Stapleton 67 4 34 38 34

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Denis DeJordy 50 2838 23 15 11 128 4 2.71
Dave Dryden 27 1268 7 8 5 69 1 3.26
Jack Norris 7 334 2 3 0 22 1 3.95

Playoff stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita 11 5 7 12 6
Bobby Hull 11 4 6 10 15
Pit Martin 11 3 6 9 2
Chico Maki 11 2 5 7 4
Doug Mohns 11 1 5 6 12

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Denis DeJordy 11 662 5 6 34 0 3.08

Roster[edit]

1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Draft picks[edit]

Chicago's draft picks at the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 7 Bob Tombari  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (NOHA)

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