Sunday, January 3, 2010

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: HOPP SCHWIIZ!! In an upset for the ages, outmanned Switzerland defeated Russia 3-2 in overtime at the 2010 World Junior Championships yesterday, eliminating the Russians from the tournament.

Switzerland, playing without their two best skaters, team captain Luca Sbisa and Roman Josi, both defensemen and good enough as juniors to be named to the 2010 Switzerland Olympic Team roster, held their own behind the stellar goaltending of Benjamin Conz, who made 50 saves in the game and whose play during the tournament has assured himself of being taken in the next draft.

With both Sbisa and Josi out of the lineup due to injuries suffered during group play, the pressure to lead the Swiss fell to Nino Niederreiter of the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks, came through brilliantly.

Switzerland took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a wraparound by Michael Loichat.

The Swiss held off the Russians until Vladimir Tarasenko, the second leading scorer at the 2009 U18 World Junior Championships and a certain first round draft pick in 2010, scored with 1:16 remaining in the second to tie the score.

Quick as lightning, Russia seemed to have taken the game back when Kirill Petrov sent another shot over Conz shoulder just 16 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

The teams traded chances and great saves throughout an energetic third period and finally, with Conz on the bench with 47 seconds remaining in the contest, Niederreiter came on as the extra attacker and held the puck in at the blueline. After a missed redirection, a Russian player blindly backhanded the puck in a weak attempt to clear it, which Niederreiter intercepted and fired a high shot toward the net, which deflected off the body of a Russian defender and past Igor Bobkov to tie the game at 2-2 with just 32.3 seconds left to force the overtime.

Niederreiter missed a glorious opportunity with just 48 seconds left in overtime when he couldn't get off a solid backhander, and the puck slowly slid just to the left of the post. Both teams then looked content to leave it in the hands of their goaltenders in the shootout, but Niederreiter carried the puck over the Russian blueline and met resistance and turned away from the net, only to quickly turn and fire a shot into the slot area, where it was deflected by Patrick Geering and by Russian goaltender Igor Bobkov, sending the Swiss flying off the bench in celebration with just 14.2 seconds left in overtime.

It will be only the third time the Swiss have reached the semi-final since 1974 and it comes just two years after they were relegated at the 2008 tournament in the Czech Republic and had to earn their way back into the top division last year.

The Canadian fans who so loudly cheered for the Swiss at the game will now immediately turn on the darlings of tournament, as Canada takes on Switzerland in the semi-finals Sunday for the right to play for the championship.

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