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The Dallas Blackhawks were a minor-league professional ice hockey team in Dallas, in the U.S. state of Texas. It was a member of the Central Hockey League and played home games at State Fair Coliseum.

Dallas Black Hawks
CityDallas, Texas, U.S.
LeagueCentral Hockey League
Founded1967
Operated1967-1982
Home arenaState Fair Coliseum
Championships
Conference Championships1969, 1972, 1974, 1979

Origins and relocation to DallasEdit

The Black Hawks team was originally based in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was known as the Braves from 1963–67.

However, the expansion of the National Hockey League into St. Louis resulted in the relocation of the team to Dallas for the 1967–68 season. The Black Hawks remained in Dallas until ceasing operations following the 1981–82 CHL season. During that time, they won 4 Adams Cup championships.

While in St. Louis and Dallas, the team served as the primary minor league affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. The team continued working exclusively with the Chicago NHL franchise until 1976 when Chicago moved their prospects to Moncton, New Brunswick of the American Hockey League. From that time on, multiple NHL franchises supplied players to the Dallas organization.

The Black Hawks and the Fort Worth Wings/Texans had a legendary rivalry as they competed in the CHL, complete with bench clearing brawls and fights in the stands, including the legendary 10-cent beer night near-riot in Fort Worth in 1978. The Fort Worth Wings/Texans folded at the same time as Dallas, along with the Oklahoma City Stars, which precipitated the demise of the Central Hockey League two years later.

Post foldingEdit

After the Black Hawks folded, Dallas would not see another professional hockey club, until the Dallas Freeze was established following the revival of the Central Hockey League for the 1992–93 season. The Freeze, in turn, would be followed by the arrival of the NHL's Minnesota North Stars, which relocated and became the Dallas Stars in 1993. The Black Hawks' name and logo would later be revived in 2017, as local youth hockey organization HC Dallas announced that its highest-level teams would compete as Dallas Blackhawks Elite.