Chicago Blackhawks Release Official Statement About Changing Their Team Name

Published December 9, 2023 at 4:33 PM

Chicago Blackhawks Release Statement Regarding Team Name Change

In the wake of the NFL's reevaluation of team names with potential racial implications, the Chicago Blackhawks have addressed the discussion surrounding their team name. The Blackhawks team name, inspired by Black Hawk of the Sac & Fox Nation, came under scrutiny during the NFL's period of change, including the Washington Redskins' transition to the Commanders.

The team's official statement clarified their stance, emphasizing that their name is a tribute to Black Hawk, aiming to respectfully showcase Native American culture and history.

"We celebrate Black Hawk's legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups. As the team's popularity grew over the past decade, so did that platform and our work with these important organizations."

Established in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks adopted their name from founder Frederic McLaughlin, a World War I commander in the 86th Infantry Division, known as the "Blackhawk Division." The historic team emblem has been consistent since the 1959-60 season and features the head of a Native American with a feathered headdress and face paint.

Chicago Blackhawks Acknowledge The Sensitivity Of The Issue

The Blackhawks recognize the delicate balance between honoring Native American heritage and the potential for cultural disrespect.

"We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation. Moving forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people."

The team remains actively involved in internal discussions to ensure their representation of Native American heritage remains respectful and well-informed.

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