• Brian McFarlane

Chicago Blackhawks - A record that no team wanted.


Players and teams have set some amazing records in hockey.

They’ve also established some that are downright embarrassing.

Like the Chicago Blackhawks, for example, who set records for futility in 1928-29 that have lasted for over 80 years. In their third NHL season, the Blackhawks won a mere seven games in a 44-game schedule. During one eight-game stretch they were shutout eight straight times. They couldn’t get the puck over the other team’s goal line—not even once. Over the course of the season the Hawks were blanked 21 times or almost fifty per cent of the time. And their so-called scorers were pitiful, managing only 33 goals all season, less than one per game.

Forward Vic Ripley led the Hawk scorers with 11 goals and 2 assists for 13 points, a woeful total for a club's leading scorer. The Hawks’ second leading scorer was Johnny Gottselig who tallied five goals and three assists for eight points. Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux would score that many points in a weekend. That season, the Hawks had Charlie Gardiner in goal or they might not have won a single game. Gardiner happened to be among the league's best netminders, posting five shutouts and a 1.93 goals-against average in 44 games.

Years later, a Chicago player set a brilliant record in the final game of the 1951-52 season. It’s a mark that still stands. Forward Bill Mosienko scored three goals in 21 seconds against Rangers rookie netminder Lorne Anderson. Gus Bodnar assisted on all three of Mosienko’s goals to establish a record for the three fastest assists. Anderson never played another NHL game.