The Blackhawks were founded in 1926 by Major Frederic McLaughlin, a coffee tycoon. McLaughlin served in the 85th Division of the U.S. Army during WWI. Members of this division called themselves the "Black Hawks", after the Sauk Indian chief who fought Illinois troops in the 1830s. The Major named his new team after his war-time Division.
The 1926-27 uniform of the Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks uniform and logo has changed a bit over the years, but the "Indian Head" remains the team's most recognizable symbol. It's one of the most popular and famous team images in all of sports.
As Fred Astaire dances away in Heaven, and the background music swells up, we cut to a proudly determined Ginger Rogers, creating one of the most iconic looks in professional sports history.
Now THAT'S an ending.
Original Blackhawk Dick Irvin