Defining Chicago Black Hawk History: Charlie Gardiner

June 23rd, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1945, Chuck Gardiner played with the Black Hawks from 1927 to 1934.  He served as the team captain for the first ever Stanley Cup Championship in team history, but a story is never without twists and turns.

Gardiner came to the NHL in the 1927-28 season and started for the Black Hawks right out of the gate. While starting in 84 of the 88 games through his first two seasons he only managed 13 wins and 10 ties.

While still managing to compile eight shutouts and a goals against average of 2.36, the negativity feedback surrounded Gardiner and almost led to a premature departure of the young professional’s career. 

How did Gardiner respond?

He would eventually start every game over the next four years (186 games). 

In that same time span he would lead the Black Hawks to the Stanley Cup Finals once, losing to the Montreal Canadiens. He would also lead the Hawks into the playoffs two other years, unfortunately making early exits.

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