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April 28, 1979 – Dallas Black Hawks vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles

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Dallas Black Hawks vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Adams Cup Finals. Game Four
April 28, 1979
State Fair Coliseum
Attendance: 5,858

Central Hockey League Programs
52 pages


5,858 Texans, the largest crowd of the season, packed into Dallas’ State Fair Coliseum for Game Four of the 1979 Adams Cup finals to determine the champions of the Central Hockey League.

The host Dallas Black Hawks were chasing their fourth Adams Cup.  Although they continued to use the traditional Chicago Blackhawks logo (see game program upper right), their decade-long run as a farm club for the Chicago NHL franchise had ended the previous year.  Dallas was a farm team for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks in 1978-79.  Their opponents, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, were a St. Louis Blues affiliate.

Knotted 2-2 at the second intermission, Dallas routed the Golden Eagles with four goals in the final stanza for a 6-2 victory and a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead.  Rob Flockhart and Dave Gardner led the way with two goals each.  The series moved back to Salt Lake three night later, where the Black Hawks closed out the series with a 6-4 victory in Game 5.

After the game, the victors got a little rowdy back at Salt Lake City’s International Dunes Hotel, hurling furniture off the building’s 7th floor balcony.  Both of Dallas goaltenders, Curt Ridley and Ed Walsh got arrested.  Ridley was the league’s MVP of the playoffs.  But the hoteliers were nothing if not indulgent of the marauders from Texas:

“At least they opened the windows before they threw the chairs out,”a hotel spokesman told the local press.



Dallas Black Hawks Home Page


==Additional Sources==

“Salt Lakes Bids Dallas Hearty Adieu”, United Press International,Galveston (TX) Daily News, May 3, 1979.



Written by AC

January 22nd, 2014 at 3:14 pm

1967-1982 Dallas Black Hawks


Central Hockey League (1967-1982)

Born: June 10, 1967 – The St. Louis Braves relocate to Dallas, TX.
Folded: 1982

Arena: State Fair Coliseum (7,513)

Team Colors: Red, Black & White


Adams Cup Champions: 1969, 1972, 1974 and 1979


The Dallas Black Hawks were a minor league hockey club that played 15 seasons in the Central Hockey League (1963-1984).  From 1967 to 1978, Dallas was a farm club of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.  During their final four seasons, they provided players for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers.

The Black Hawks were a powerhouse in the Central League, appearing in the Adams Cup championship series in ten of their fifteen seasons.  They won the championship four times: 1969, 1972, 1974 and 1979.   The Black Hawks first three Adams Cup victories came under the direction of Head Coach Bobby Kromm, who helmed the club for eight seasons from 1967 to 1975.  Kromm went on to the majors in 1975, coaching the Winnipeg Jets to a World Hockey Association championship in 1976.  He later coached the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL from 1977 to 1980.  Long-time minor league coach John Muckler was behind the bench when the Black Hawks won their fourth and final championship in 1979.  Muckler would later coach the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup in 1990.

Another notable coach for the ‘Hawks was Roger Neilson.  Neilson coached the team for one season only (1976-77) before moving on to the NHL, where he coached 1,000 games between 1977 and 2002.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

Throughout their history, the Black Hawks engaged in a heated rivalry with the Central League’s nearby Fort Worth franchise, which was known as the Wings from 1967-1974 and the Texans from 1974 to 1982.  The Dallas and Fort Worth clubs both folded in the spring of 1982, ending the CHL’s greatest geographic rivalry and boding ill for the overall health of the league.  The CHL itself folded two years later in May 1984.




==Dallas Black Hawks Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other


1969-70 3/7/1970 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1971-72 11/24/1971 vs. Tulsa Oilers ?? Program
1971-72 11/27/1971 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1972-73 11/4/1972 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program


1973-74 11/23/1973 vs. Omaha Knights ?? Program
1973-74 11/30/1973 vs. Fort Worth Wings ?? Program
1973-74 12/8/1973 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers ?? Program


1974-75 10/26/1974 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers ?? Program
1974-75 12/27/1974 vs. Denver Spurs ?? Program
1974-75 1/27/1975 @ Salt Lake Golden Eagles ?? Program


1977-78 12/9/1977 vs. Tulsa Oilers ?? Program
1977-78 12/23/1977 vs. Fort Worth Texans ?? Program


1978-79 4/28/1979 vs. Salt Lake Golden Eagles W 6-2 Program


1979-80 10/24/1979 @ Cincinnati Stingers ?? Program
1979-80 1/18/1980 vs. United States Olympic Team L 4-3 (OT) Program


1980-81 3/14/1981 vs. Fort Worth Texans ?? Program
1980-81 4/4/1981 vs. Fort Worth Texans ??  Program
1980-81 4/25/1981 @ Wichita Wind ?? Program


1981-82 11/24/1981 @ Cincinnati Tigers L 5-4 (OT) Program


==In Memoriam== 

Roger Neilson, coach of the Black Hawks for the 1976-77 campaign, died of cancer on June 21, 2003.  He was 69 years old.

Former Black Hawks center Jim Stanfield passed away passed away on November 19, 2009 at age 62.

Bobby Kromm, Black Hawks head coach from 1967-1975, died of cancer on

Gord Fashoway coached the Black Hawks during the 1975-76 season.  He passed on May 1, 2012, age 85.



Central Hockey League Media Guides

Central Hockey League Programs


Written by AC

July 5th, 2013 at 8:12 pm


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