Chicago Blackhawks 1972-73

Tino Paolini

Out of stock

Watercolor Painting

Tino Paolini

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$695.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Red), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1972-73 Chicago Blackhawks jersey is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Chicago Blackhawks uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Chicago Blackhawks products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Tino Paolini for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by the National Hockey League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NHL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at .



The 1972-73 season was a big year for hockey in North America for two reasons.In September of 1972 a group of Canadian NHL all stars formed a team to face the Soviet Unions national team in an historic 8-game series. The Soviets won 3 of the first 5 games with one tie. Canada won the final 3 games of the series, thanks to some timely scoring by Paul Henderson who scored the winning goal in all three games, giving them a 4-3-1 record and bragging rights as the Series winner.  This event was the foundation of a great international hockey rivalry that continues to this day. The Soviets a style of play, highlighted by their skating and passing ability, would change the way hockey was played on North American rinks.Also that year the NHL's pro-hockey monopoly was ended when the upstart World Hockey Association began play with 12 teams and a number of former NHL players. Sadly, for die-hard Chicago fans, Bobby Hull was the biggest name to leave the NHL; he bolted from the Chicago Blackhawks to sign an unprecedented 10-year, $2.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.  The WHA established teams in new hockey markets like: Cleveland, Connecticut, Ottawa, Quebec City, Houston and Alberta as well as going head-to-head with the NHL in: Toronto, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.  The new league became a thorn in the side of the NHL for years to come as players continued to leave the NHL seeking better wages in the WHA.When the NHL expanded in 1967 they league was divided into two divisions, the East, home of the Original 6 teams and the West, home to the 6 new teams. In 1970 the league realigned the divisions by geographic proximity and the Blackhawks were now in the NHL West Division with the Blues, Flyers, Penguins, North Stars, Kings and Golden Seals. They won the division with 93 points, giving the franchise its third consecutive division title.On the ice Chicago was led by Jim Pappin, Dennis Hull (Bobbys brother), Pit Martin and Stan Makita. All players had 83 points or better, with Pappin leading the goal scorers with 41. After winning the Vezina Trophy, (for leagues best goalie) in 1971-72 Tony Esposito continued to perform as one of the leagues top net minders. He started 56 games in goal for the Hawks and posted a 32-17-7 record with 4 shutouts and a 2.51 goals-against average. Surely, if it weren't for the great goaltending Ken Dryden provided for the Montreal Canadians, TonyO would have won his second straight Vezina.In the playoffs the Blackhawks faced the St. Louis Blues in the first round. Chicago dominated the series knocking off the Blues 4 games to 1 and outscoring them by a 22-9 margin. In the second round they continued to roll, defeating the New York Rangers in five games as well; a little payback for being knocked out of the playoffs the previous year by the Rangers.In the finals the Blackhawks met the Montreal Canadiens, a rematch of the 1971 Stanley Cup finals where the Habs emerged as Cup Champions after a hard-fought 7-game series. The series was billed as a match up of two great goalies: Esposito vs. Ken Dryden; but it turned out to be anything but a low-scoring series.  Montreal eventually won the series in 6 games (4 games to 2) and they outscored the Blackhawks 33-23 over those 6 games. And for the second time in the early 70's that the Canadiens edge out the Blackhawks for the Cup! One can only imagine the Cup outcome if Hull were still a Blackhawk!Note the collar on this year's sweater by this time, the laces had been removed, and it's now striped.

Recently Viewed Products