In the 2009-2010 season, the Chicago Blackhawks won a franchise best 52-games and notched a franchise high 112 points. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blackhawks defeated both Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks in six games. Then in the Western Conference Finals, the Hawks swept the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992. Their opponents were the Philadelphia Flyers. Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane scored the Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 6. It was the first time since 1961 that the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Besides the titles in 2010 and 1961, Chicago also won the 1934 and 1938 Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawks were one of three American teams added to the NHL in 1926. The other two were the Detroit Cougars (Detroit Red Wings) and the New York Rangers. Blackhawks tickets are sold to the United Center which is situated in the Near West Side community of Chicago. The team has played at that venue since 1994. Before that, the Blackhawks spent 65 years at the historic Chicago Stadium. The Blackhawks are part of the Western Conference's Central Division. The team, which is a member of the "Original Six," has a fierce rivalry with the Red Wings.
Some of the all-time great Blackhawks are Bobby Hull, Keith Magnuson, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Ed Belfour, and Chris Chelios. Mikita is the franchise's all-time leading points-getter while Hull has scored the most goals. "Here Come the Hawks!" is the team's official fight song and it's frequently heard during home games. "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis is played after every Blackhawks goal and victory. The team's official mascot is a hawk called Tommy Hawk.