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 the non-profit Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.
Keith Magnuson 1947-2003
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 Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship Awards Luncheon honoring the ‘most deserving’ high school hockey players in Illinois. Since its inception the Alumni have awarded 85 scholarships in 26 years.
They continue their support through various charitable causes throughout the year. Their annual events have expanded past the scholarship luncheon to the Annual Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Golf Outing, Annual Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Family Gathering, Chicago Blackhawk 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 Chicago 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 Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association 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’.