one of the many noisemakers


Famous for the din of their allegiance to the Black Hawks, fans at the Chicago’s old Stadium have also, occasionally, got the team into trouble. In 1944, for instance, playing Montreal for the Stanley Cup, Chicago fans raised the ire of NHL president Red Dutton for their game-two enthusiasm. His statement ahead of game three went like this:

In response to a telegraphic vote which I requested from the board of governors of the National Hockey League resulting from a 20-minute delay in the third period in the Stanley Cup game in Chicago on Thursday, while the ice was being cleared of debris thrown by fans, I have been empowered to forfeit any future game to the visiting club if a repetition of this kind occurs in any of the forthcoming games, and I definitely intend to exercise my authority.

Montreal’s Maurice Richard had scored to make it 3-0, is what had happened; Chicago’s players and fans alike believed that the Canadiens’ Elmer Lach was holding Clint Smith on the play; cue the debris. The Associated Press reported that it included playing cards, newspapers, pennies, and “at least one woman’s compact.”

Montreal went on to win the series under its own power, four games to none, for their first Stanley Cup since 1931.

None of which implicates Mrs. Georgia De Larne (above) in any such risky behaviour. Seen here in Chicago Stadium’s upper balcony in 1941, she’s described in a contemporary newspaper caption as “one of the many noisemakers present in the galley:” clearly a fan committed to making a racket rather than a bad example.