Chicago Blackhawks Speech Essay

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The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois.
They are members of the Central Division of the Western
Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won four Stanley Cup Championships and fourteen division titles since their founding in 1926. Since 1994, the
Blackhawks have played their home games at the United Center afterhaving spent 65 years playing at Chicago Stadium.Currently, they are the defending Stanley Cup champions,having defeated the
Philadelphia Flyers at the conclusion of their 2009–10 season.

The Chicago Blackhawks joined the NHL in 1926

The team's first owner was coffee tycoon Frederic McLaughlin, who outbid grain magnate James E. Norris for the
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The Americans suspended operations in the fall of 1942, leaving the
NHL with just six teams. Despite various efforts to initiate expansion after the war, including attempted restarts of the Maroons and Americans franchises, the league's membership would remain at six teams for the next twenty-five seasons.
By the 1960s, however, it was becoming obvious that if the NHL did not expand, a rival league would take its place. In the
United States the American Football League was starting to become very successful at the time, convincing many people that a rival hockey league would also succeed. In particular, the Western Hockey League had moved into a number of major Pacific Coast markets, and had accumulated strong rosters with talent barred from the static rosters of the NHL. This, plus the prospect of television contracts, convinced the six owners to go ahead with expansion.
All of the Original Six franchises still exist, with no major identity changes and no

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