This listing is for Chicago Blackhawks The Forechecker Game Preview vs Colorado Avalanche Game 4 Western Conference Semi-Finals.
Program game sheet from Game 4 of the Triple Overtime Thriller Western Conference Finals versus Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche.
The 1995–96 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 70th season of operation of the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks had the fewest power-play opportunities during the Regular season, with 356. The Blackhawks lost in the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Colorado Avalanche (4 games to 2 games).
Game 4, May 8
Colorado Avalanche 3 Final
Chicago Blackhawks 2 3OT
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks Roster and Statistics:
Record: 40-28-14 (94 points), Finished 2nd in NHL Central Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Craig Hartsburg (40-28-14)
Captain: Chris Chelios
Primary Arena: United Center
Goals For: 273 (8th of 26), Goals Against: 220 (5th of 26)
SRS: 0.61 (5th of 26), SOS: -0.04 (21st of 26)
Lost Conference Semi-Finals (4-2) versus Colorado Avalanche
Won Conference Quarter-Finals (4-0) versus Calgary Flames
The Chicago Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks until 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) 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 six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.
The club's original owner was Frederic McLaughlin, who owned the club until his death in 1944. Under McLaughlin, a "hands-on" owner who fired many coaches during his ownership, the club won two Stanley Cup titles. The club was then owned by the Norris family, who as owners of the Chicago Stadium were the club's landlord, and owned stakes in several of the NHL teams. At first, the Norris ownership was as part of a syndicate fronted by long-time executive Bill Tobin, and the team languished in favor of the Norris-owned Detroit Red Wings. After the senior James E. Norris died in 1952, the Norris assets were spread among family members and James D. Norris became owner. Norris Jr. took an active interest in the team and under his ownership, the club won one Stanley Cup title in 1961.
After James D. Norris died in 1966, the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In 2007, the club came under the control of Rocky Wirtz, who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. Under Rocky Wirtz, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup three times between 2010 and 2015.
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