Friday, January 3, 2014

1942-43 Chicago Black Hawks Reg Bentley Jersey

Chicago Black Hawks left winger Reg Bentley scored on this date in 1943 in a 3-3 tie against the New York Rangers with assists by his brothers Max and Doug Bentley.

It was the first goal in NHL history where all three points were awarded to the same family and it turned out to be the only goal of Reg Bentley's NHL career.

The brothers would repeat the feat 18 days later on the 21st of January, this time with Doug scoring with assists from Max and Reg in another tie, this time a 4-4 contest against the Montreal Canadiens.

While Max Bentley would play 12 NHL seasons, score over 500 points, be named the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy in 1943, win the Art Ross Trophy as the winner of the league' scoring title twice, in 1946 and 1947, be named the winner of the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1947, win the Stanley Cup three times with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1948, 1949 and 1951 and be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and Doug Bentley would play 13 NHL seasons, score over 500 points and also win the Art Ross trophy in 1943 and be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964, Reg Bentley's NHL career was limited to just 11 games in the 1942-43 season with the Black Hawks.

Reg, the oldest of the three brothers, would play ten years of senior hockey in Canada before turing pro with Kansas City of the American Hockey Association (AHA) in 1941-42. His time with the Black Hawks would come the following season at age 27 and he would total his one record setting goal, plus two assists, in his 11 NHL games.

After playing minimal hockey for two seasons due to World War II, he would resume his career and play seven more seasons beginning in 1945-46 with the New Westminster Royals of the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL). He would score 30 goals and 57 points in 57 games in his first season with the Royals and 41 goals and 71 points in 60 games the following season.

The next four seasons of Reg's playing days were mainly spent with the Saskatoon Quakers of the Western Canada Senior Hockey League (WCSHL), winning the championship in 1951.

Today's featured jersey is a 1942-43 Chicago Black Hawks jersey, as worn by the Bentley brothers on the date they made league history by becoming the first family to garner all three points for a goal.

The Black Hawks barbepole style was originally adopted in 1937 and went through a few minor revisions in striping and logo before arriving at this design in 1941 which remained unchanged until 1947 before there were some additional tweaks to the logo. The Black Hawks would continue to wear this basic barberpole style jersey until 1955 before changing to the original version of their jerseys which remain in use today.

This jersey was revived as the Blackhawks Turn Back the Clock jersey for the NHL's 75th Anniversary season when the Original 6 teams all wore throwback jerseys in 1991-92 on occasion.

As you might guess, searching for 1940's Black Hawks highights on YouTube is a long shot. Here's one we found, but I don't think it's the right Bentley Brothers...

Now, this on the other hand, is at least the right Blackhawks, and an interesting look at how the current Blackhawks official logos are made for their jerseys. That chain stitching machine looks like it's on the verge of attacking the operator at any time! That thing is out of control. We really, really need to learn French after seeing this one.

Dasherboard: Results from yesterday's Quarterfinals in the 2014 IIHF World Juniors in Sweden saw the United States bow out early with a bad second period that saw the US give up two quick power play goals to Russia, losing their 3-2 first period lead in the process. Following the first period the Russian defense held strong and the US never scored again, eventually falling 5-3.

In the second game, Finland continued their strong play by eliminating the Czech Republic 5-3. Canada took care of business with a 4-1 win over Switzerland, who have historically been a thorn in Canada's side internationally over the last decade.

In the final game of the day, host Sweden delighted the home fans with a dominating 6-0 cruise over Slovakia, who had been playing very well this year, which is a testament to how strong Sweden is this year.

Saturday sees Sweden facing Russia for the second time, with Sweden having taken their first meeting 3-2 on New Year's Eve. The second game has Canada facing Finland for the right to go to the gold medal game.

In the Relegation Round, Norway surprised with a 3-0 blanking of Germany to open their best-of-three Relegation Round series, which sees the second game being played today, the only one on today's schedule.

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