In 1987, a group of retired Blackhawk players got together to discuss
their future in the Chicago community. Their main objective was to
“give something back” to Chicago and to the sport of hockey. In that
meeting they developed a three-fold mission statement for their
non-profit Alumni Association.
- To provide a scholarship fund for the “most deserving” high school hockey players in Illinois.
- To become involved in community affairs and charitable causes.
- To protect and take care of their fellow alumni: “Players helping Players.”
Through the hard work and dedication of the late President, Keith
Magnuson, and other key individuals, this organization truly became
second to none. Alumni Associations not only in the hockey world, but
the sports scene still look to the Blackhawks for what they have
established in the Chicago community.
The highlight of each year is the Scholarship Awards Luncheon
honoring the ‘most deserving’ high school hockey players in Illinois.
Since its inception the Alumni have awarded over 50 scholarships in 17
They continue their support through various charitable causes
throughout the year. Their annual events have expanded past the
scholarship luncheon to the Stan Mikita Golf Outing, Annual Blackhawk
Alumni Family Picnic, alumni games versus other alumni teams, as well
as game appearances during the regular season.
In paring up with their sponsors over the years, they have
helped to make dreams come true for many young athletes. The Blackhawk
Alumni believes strongly in the dreams of their young people. As
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Dreams make goals, and goals become the
keys to life.”
The Blackhawk Alumni is an ever-growing group of dedicated
individuals that support and help one another. It is truly a family
that welcomes new individuals with open arms and makes members feel a
part of something special. The game of hockey has not only promoted an
outlet to learn and have fun, but to maintain life-long friends through
this organization that is truly ‘second to none’.