The Hawks have been without a Stanley Cup for over 48 years. The last Stanley Cup was won in 1961 against their fierce rival Detroit Redwings. Since it has been so long since their last title, I will look back on how they won it and what went into that magical season. This team played a lot like the current Hawks team. They had depth at every position, they were big time superstars and they had role players on their team that understood what needed to be done. The 1961 team was lead by Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Glenn Hall. These three players played and integral role in the Hawks defeating the Redwings in four games to two. The Hawks goalie Glenn Hall played a huge part in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It is well known that during the playoffs, it is crucial for your goaltender to be the best player on the ice. Teams live and die on the performance of their net-minder. So when the Hawks captured the prize of the Stanley Cup, it due to a large part of Glenn Hall's performance. During the semi-finals, Hall posted two shutouts against the Canadians to win that series and advance on to the Stanley Cup.
A key ingredient to any team that wins a championship is a player that thrives under pressure and is of extreme talent. The Hawks had this with Bobby Hull. He scored 50 goals during the Hawks amazing Stanley Cup season in 1961. Every championship team needs that go to player that they can count on. For example, the Patriots have Tom Brady, the Cots have Peyton Manning, the Lakers have Kobe Bryant, and each one of these championship teams had a great talent that separates him from the rest of the league. Bobby Hull was just that during the 1961 season.