The NHL awarded an expansion franchise to a Chicago syndicate on May 1, 1926, and the group immediately arranged to purchase the team personnel of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Rosebuds. However, just a month later, the syndicate sold the new franchise to Major Frederic McLaughlin, a World War I veteran turned coffee tycoon. McLaughlin had served in the Great War as a commander in the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division, which had been nicknamed the “Blackhawk Division” after a prominent Native American figure in Illinois history. Major McLaughlin took an active role in running the team and a deep interest in promoting American players, who were then a rarity in professional hockey. Under their founder’s hands-on leadership, the Hawks became the first NHL team with an all-American-born lineup and enjoyed early success, reaching the playoffs and finals multiple times and winning three Stanley Cups in their first 39 years of play. The team would also solidify itself as one of the league’s Original Six. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks are considered a modern dynasty, having launched out of a 49-year championship dry spell to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015 to bring their championship tally up to 6.
United Center, also known as the “Madhouse on Madison,” is one of the most exciting venues in professional sports, shared in a 50/50 partnership with two of the world’s most exciting franchised dynasties - the Blackhawks and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. The stadium seats 19,717 fans for hockey games, and in addition to a statue of Michael Jordan known as “the Spirit,” it features statues of Hawk legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. Several more Blackhawks statues are situated outside of the stadium’s north side. Over 200 million fans have visited America’s largest arena since its opening, and the venue hosts over 200 events annually. Excited to get your Chicago Blackhawks tickets to visit the Madhouse? You know where to find them - your exclusive Blackhawks tickets are waiting for you at Best Available Tickets, but they won’t last long. Get yours today!