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3 Fun Facts About the Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks were founded in 1926. That was a crazy year. In January of that year. John Logie Baird, a Scottish engineer and inventor, gave a demonstration of the very first TV in London. What did he show on the screen? The Real Housewives of Great Britain. “Clara, oh she’s always been a cow! Oh, here she is now, are we going to have an argy-bargy, then? Why, you little…” (Fight!)

The Blackhawks are staight up OGs of the NHL, one of the “Original Six” that formed the league. The other five are the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. “Well, there as a seventh member, Thunder Bay, Ontario,” a hockey historian explained. “But they got kicked out because they insisted on using the name “Thunder Bay Thunder Thighs.”

For 65 years, the Blackhawks played at Chicago Stadium. It was the site of the very first NFL Playoff Game in 1932. That’s right, NFL. Playoff game. Indoors. See, there was a tie at the end if the season between the Portsmouth Spartans, a team that would later become the Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Bears. They decided to play indoors because of the cold in Chicago. It was also the very first Kiss Cam shot, the Chicago Bear mascot started making out with the Bears Gatorade team cooler.