Sport: The Pappy Line

In 20 years the Chicago Black Hawks piled up the sorriest record of any team in major-league hockey—a game played almost exclusively by Canadians living in or visiting the U.S. in pursuit of their trade.*In all that time, the Black Hawks managed to finish as high as third only once, wound up dead last in nine of the past twelve seasons. But this year everything suddenly changed. To the astonishment of their most devoted supporters, the revitalized Hawks are second in the National Hockey League standings.

Key to the Black Hawks' resurgence lies with three veteran forwards known to all Chicago as...

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