On this date January 25th, 1995 The Chicago Blackhawks ushered in a new era of Chicago sports in the windy city. Because of the ensuing lockout that started off the 1994-1995 NHL season, the BlackHawks did not get to unveil their new home until January 25th.
The opening matchup featured the BlackHawks going up against the Edmonton Oilers, who at that time were in a long hang over from the once great days of number 99 and company.
The BlackHawks at the time were to be considered on of the heavy favorites to make some noise in the NHL that season. Being lead with heavy offense by the likes of Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, and Sergei Krivokrasov.
The BlackHawks would go on to win the home opener by the score of 5-1, and saw winger Joe Murphy score the first ever goal at the new barn.
That season, the BlackHawks would go on to make some real noise in the NHL playoffs, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a very edging 7 game series, Sweeping the Vancouver Canucks, before unfortunately meeting their demise in the Western Conference Finals to the Detroit Red Wings in 5 games. With 3 of those games going into overtime (The Red Wings winning all 3).
Since that opening year at the United Center, the BlackHawks had one more good year that following season. But started a decline throughout the late 1990’s into the early 2000’s.
That was until the 2009-2010 season which saw the BlackHawks win their first Stanley Cup since the 1960-1961 season. And added 2 more in the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 seasons. Its not a question that the United Center within the last 11 years, has become one of the must attend barns in the NHL.