1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks season

1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 3rd Smythe
Conference 7th Campbell
1974–75 record 37–35–8
Home record 24–12–4
Road record 13–23–4
Goals for 268
Goals against 241
Team information
General Manager Tommy Ivan
Coach Billy Reay
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Doug Jarrett
Stan Mikita
Bill White
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Jim Pappin
Stan Mikita (36)
Assists Stan Mikita (50)
Points Stan Mikita (86)
Penalties in minutes Phil Russell (260)
Plus/minus John Marks (+27)
Wins Tony Esposito (34)
Goals against average Tony Esposito (2.74)

The 1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks season was the Hawks' 49th season in the NHL, and the club was coming off a 41–14–23 record in 1973–74, earning 105 points, and finishing in second place in the West Division. The Black Hawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL quarter-finals, but lost to the Boston Bruins in the semi-finals.[1]

During the off-season, the NHL made a number of changes. The league expanded by two more teams, as the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals joined the league, making the NHL an 18 team league. The schedule was then bumped up from 78 games to 80, and the previously two division league was split into two conferences and four divisions. The Black Hawks found themselves in the newly created Smythe Division with the Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and the expansion team Kansas City Scouts. The Smythe Division was part of the newly created Campbell Conference.

Chicago began the regular season with a strong 7–3–1 in their first eleven games, however, the team fell into a slump, and found themselves under the .500 level 26 games into the season with a record of 11–12–3. The Black Hawks would continue to hover around .500 for the rest of the season, and eventually finish the year with a 37–35–8 record, earning 82 points. Chicago's 37 victories and 82 points were their lowest totals since the 1968–69 season, while their 35 losses was the most since the team lost 39 in 1957–58. The team finished in third place in the Smythe Division, and earn a spot in the post-season as the eleventh seed. [2]

Offensively, the Black Hawks were led by Stan Mikita, who led the club with 36 goals, 50 assists and 86 points. Jim Pappin tied Mikita with 36 goals, and added 27 assists for 63 points. Newly acquired Ivan Boldirev, who spent the previous season with the California Golden Seals, stepped in and finished second in team scoring with 67 points, as he recorded 23 goals and 44 assists. Cliff Koroll had a strong season, scoring 27 goals and 59 points, while defenseman Dick Redmond led the blueline with 14 goals and 57 points. John Marks led the Black Hawks with a +27 rating, while Phil Russell had a team high 260 penalty minutes.

In goal, Tony Esposito once again led the club with 34 victories and a 2.74 GAA, earning six shutouts in 71 games.[3]

The Hawks opened the playoffs against the fifth seeded Boston Bruins in a best of three preliminary round. The Bruins finished the season with a 40–26–14 record, earning 94 points, and a second-place finish in the Adams Division. The series opened with a game at the Boston Garden, and the heavily favored Bruins easily disposed the Black Hawks by a score of 8–2. The series moved to Chicago Stadium for the next game, and the Hawks responded, with a 4–3 overtime victory, to set up a third and final game back in Boston. Chicago would complete the upset, stunning the Bruins by a score of 6–4 in the third game, to advance to the NHL quarter-finals.

Chicago's next opponent in a best of seven series was the second seeded Buffalo Sabres, who had a record of 49–16–15, earning 113 points, and a first-place finish in the Adams Division. The series started with two games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Sabres used their home ice advantage, and quickly took a 2–0 series lead with wins of 4–1 and 3–1. The series moved to Chicago for the next two games, and the Hawks cut into the Sabres lead with a 5–4 overtime win in the third game. Buffalo responded in the fourth game though, as they cruised to a 6–2 win. The Sabres closed out the series in the fifth game back in Buffalo, winning the game 3–1.

Season standings

Smythe Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Vancouver Canucks8038321027125486
St. Louis Blues8035311426926784
Chicago Black Hawks803735826824182
Minnesota North Stars802350722134153
Kansas City Scouts8015541118432841

Game log

Regular season

1October 9Chicago Black Hawks1–2Detroit Red Wings0–1–00
2October 13Atlanta Flames4–3Chicago Black Hawks0–2–00
3October 16Boston Bruins0–4Chicago Black Hawks1–2–02
4October 17Chicago Black Hawks3–4Washington Capitals1–3–02
5October 19Chicago Black Hawks3–1St. Louis Blues2–3–04
6October 20Minnesota North Stars0–6Chicago Black Hawks3–3–06
7October 23Washington Capitals2–3Chicago Black Hawks4–3–08
8October 26Chicago Black Hawks9–3Toronto Maple Leafs5–3–010
9October 27St. Louis Blues3–10Chicago Black Hawks6–3–012
10October 30Chicago Black Hawks4–4Montreal Canadiens6–3–113
11November 2Chicago Black Hawks4–3Kansas City Scouts7–3–115
12November 3Pittsburgh Penguins3–3Chicago Black Hawks7–3–216
13November 6Chicago Black Hawks4–6Buffalo Sabres7–4–216
14November 8Chicago Black Hawks0–2Atlanta Flames7–5–216
15November 12Chicago Black Hawks0–1Vancouver Canucks7–6–216
16November 13Chicago Black Hawks0–2California Golden Seals7–7–216
17November 16Chicago Black Hawks2–1Los Angeles Kings8–7–218
18November 20New York Islanders4–4Chicago Black Hawks8–7–319
19November 23Kansas City Scouts0–6Chicago Black Hawks9–7–321
20November 27Buffalo Sabres3–1Chicago Black Hawks9–8–321
21November 30Chicago Black Hawks3–5Minnesota North Stars9–9–321
22December 1Minnesota North Stars0–3Chicago Black Hawks10–9–323
23December 4Kansas City Scouts3–7Chicago Black Hawks11–9–325
24December 5Chicago Black Hawks2–3Philadelphia Flyers11–10–325
25December 7New York Rangers7–4Chicago Black Hawks11–11–325
26December 8Toronto Maple Leafs4–1Chicago Black Hawks11–12–325
27December 11Chicago Black Hawks5–2Atlanta Flames12–12–327
28December 14Chicago Black Hawks3–6Pittsburgh Penguins12–13–327
29December 15Vancouver Canucks2–4Chicago Black Hawks13–13–329
30December 18Detroit Red Wings5–7Chicago Black Hawks14–13–331
31December 21Chicago Black Hawks3–3New York Islanders14–13–432
32December 22Toronto Maple Leafs0–3Chicago Black Hawks15–13–434
33December 26Chicago Black Hawks1–3Buffalo Sabres15–14–434
34December 28Philadelphia Flyers1–2Chicago Black Hawks16–14–436
35December 29St. Louis Blues2–5Chicago Black Hawks17–14–438
36December 31Los Angeles Kings3–1Chicago Black Hawks17–15–438
37January 1Chicago Black Hawks2–6New York Rangers17–16–438
38January 4Chicago Black Hawks3–6Toronto Maple Leafs17–17–438
39January 5Montreal Canadiens6–4Chicago Black Hawks17–18–438
40January 8Pittsburgh Penguins5–7Chicago Black Hawks18–18–440
41January 11Chicago Black Hawks1–5Boston Bruins18–19–440
42January 12New York Rangers2–4Chicago Black Hawks19–19–442
43January 15Vancouver Canucks1–2Chicago Black Hawks20–19–444
44January 18Chicago Black Hawks1–4Kansas City Scouts20–20–444
45January 19California Golden Seals1–3Chicago Black Hawks21–20–446
46January 23New York Islanders1–3Chicago Black Hawks22–20–448
47January 25Chicago Black Hawks4–1St. Louis Blues23–20–450
48January 26California Golden Seals2–3Chicago Black Hawks24–20–452
49January 29Chicago Black Hawks1–6Pittsburgh Penguins24–21–452
50February 1New York Rangers4–1Chicago Black Hawks24–22–452
51February 2New York Islanders1–1Chicago Black Hawks24–22–553
52February 4Chicago Black Hawks3–3Kansas City Scouts24–22–654
53February 5Chicago Black Hawks2–1Minnesota North Stars25–22–656
54February 7Chicago Black Hawks1–3Vancouver Canucks25–23–656
55February 9Los Angeles Kings2–1Chicago Black Hawks25–24–656
56February 12Boston Bruins3–8Chicago Black Hawks26–24–658
57February 13Chicago Black Hawks1–4Philadelphia Flyers26–25–658
58February 15Chicago Black Hawks3–12Montreal Canadiens26–26–658
59February 16Montreal Canadiens6–3Chicago Black Hawks26–27–658
60February 19Chicago Black Hawks2–2New York Rangers26–27–759
61February 22Washington Capitals3–10Chicago Black Hawks27–27–761
62February 23Atlanta Flames0–4Chicago Black Hawks28–27–763
63February 25Chicago Black Hawks6–2Washington Capitals29–27–765
64February 28Chicago Black Hawks4–3Atlanta Flames30–27–767
65March 2Chicago Black Hawks2–6Boston Bruins30–28–767
66March 5Chicago Black Hawks4–2California Golden Seals31–28–769
67March 7Chicago Black Hawks1–2Vancouver Canucks31–29–769
68March 8Chicago Black Hawks6–1Los Angeles Kings32–29–771
69March 12St. Louis Blues4–3Chicago Black Hawks32–30–771
70March 15Chicago Black Hawks5–2Minnesota North Stars33–30–773
71March 16Vancouver Canucks4–3Chicago Black Hawks33–31–773
72March 20Chicago Black Hawks6–2Detroit Red Wings34–31–775
73March 22Chicago Black Hawks2–4New York Islanders34–32–775
74March 23Detroit Red Wings4–4Chicago Black Hawks34–32–876
75March 26Buffalo Sabres1–5Chicago Black Hawks35–32–878
76March 29Philadelphia Flyers5–2Chicago Black Hawks35–33–878
77March 30Chicago Black Hawks1–4Philadelphia Flyers35–34–878
78April 3Kansas City Scouts4–6Chicago Black Hawks36–34–880
79April 5Chicago Black Hawks3–4St. Louis Blues36–35–880
80April 6Minnesota North Stars0–3Chicago Black Hawks37–35–882

Chicago Black Hawks 2, Boston Bruins 1

1April 8Chicago Black Hawks2–8Boston Bruins0–1
2April 10Boston Bruins3–4Chicago Black Hawks1–1
3April 11Chicago Black Hawks6–4Boston Bruins2–1

Buffalo Sabres 4, Chicago Black Hawks 1

1April 13Chicago Black Hawks1–4Buffalo Sabres0–1
2April 15Chicago Black Hawks1–3Buffalo Sabres0–2
3April 17Buffalo Sabres4–5Chicago Black Hawks1–2
4April 20Buffalo Sabres6–2Chicago Black Hawks1–3
5April 22Chicago Black Hawks1–3Buffalo Sabres1–4

Season stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita7936508648
Ivan Boldirev8024436754
Jim Pappin7136276394
Cliff Koroll8027325927
Dick Redmond8014435790


Tony Esposito7142193430719362.74
Michel Dumas3121200703.47
Mike Veisor94601513604.70

Playoff stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Cliff Koroll83588
John Marks826834
Stan Mikita83478
Ivan Boldirev84262
Dick Redmond82350


Michel Dumas11900103.16
Tony Esposito8472353404.32

Draft picks

Chicago's draft picks at the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft held via conference call at the NHL office in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
116Grant Mulvey CanadaCalgary Centennials (WCHL)
234Alain Daigle CanadaTrois-Rivières Ducs (QMJHL)
352Bob Murray CanadaCornwall Royals (QMJHL)
470Terry Ruskowski CanadaSwift Current Broncos (WCHL)
588Dave Logan CanadaLaval National (QMJHL)
6106Bob Volpe CanadaSudbury Wolves (OHA)
7124Eddie Mio CanadaColorado College (NCAA)
8141Mike St. Cyr CanadaKitchener Rangers (OHA)
9158Steve Colp United StatesMichigan State University (NCAA)
10173Rick Fraser CanadaOshawa Generals (OHA)
11188Jean Bernier CanadaShawinigan Dynamos (QMJHL)
12200Dwayne Byers CanadaSherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
13210Glen Ing CanadaVictoria Cougars (WCHL)

Awards, records and honors


  1. 1973–74 NHL Season Summary – Hockey-Reference.com
  2. 1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks Games – Hockey-Reference.com
  3. Chicago Blackhawks goaltending history : Tony Esposito
  4. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.424, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6


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