Carl Sidney "Cully" Dahlstrom - Born July 3, 1912 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Died December 19, 1998 was an American professional Ice Hockey center.
Dahlstrom began his playing career at Minneapolis South High School, after which he went on to play professionally in the Central Hockey League / CHL with the Minneapolis Millers.
Following his second season with the Millers, Dahlstrom made his first attempt at becoming a National Hockey League / NHL player when he was invited to Boston Bruins training camp. He failed to make the team. He returned to the Millers and had his best season with the team, scoring 28 points in 43 games.
Following his third year with Minneapolis he joined the St. Paul Saints and improved his point total to 36, playing 44 games. At season's end he was named a Second Team CHL All-Star.
The following season the Saints changed leagues, joining the American Hockey Association / AHA. In his first year in the AHA Dahlstrom scored 20 goals and 43 points in 46 games. He was named an AHA First Team All-Star. During this time Frederic McLaughlin was scouting the AHA for American talent for the NHL's Chicago Black Hawks. Initially McLaughlin was interested in Dahlstrom's teammate, Oscar Hanson, but Black Hawks' coach Bill Stewart persuaded him to sign Dahlstrom.
Dahlstrom attended the Black Hawks training camp in 1936 but did not make the team. He played one more season with the Saints before being selected by the Black Hawks in an Inter-League Draft on May 9, 1937.
Dahlstrom made his NHL debut in the 1937–38 season. In his rookie year he scored 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games and was awarded the 1938 Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year, becoming the first American born player to win the award.
That season Chicago finished with a 14–25–9 recorded, but still managed to earn a playoff berth, finishing two points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the American Division. In the first round of the playoffs the Black Hawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2–1 in a three game series. The second round featured the Black Hawks facing off against the New York Americans. After losing the opening game, Chicago faced elimination as game two went into double overtime tied 0–0. Then at the 13:01 mark of the second overtime Dahlstrom scored, giving Chicago the win. The Black Hawks went on to win the following game, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the Finals the Black Hawks faced the heavily favored Toronto Maple Leafs. Chicago took a 2–1 series lead. In game 4 Dahlstrom scored the key first goal in a 4–1 win to capture the 1938 Stanley Cup, becoming the "most improbable" championship team in NHL history.
Dahlstrom was one of a record eight American-born players on the 1938 championship team, a record that stood until 1995.
Over the next three seasons he averaged 25 points in 44 games. Entering the 1940–41 playoffs the Black Hawks had not won a playoff round since their Stanley Cup victory. Chicago and Montreal played in the first round with the teams splitting the first two games of the series. The third game decided the series; in that game Dahlstrom scored two goals, helping Chicago to the 3–2 victory. Chicago was eliminated in the next round by Detroit. Three years later during the 1943–44 season Dahlstrom notched his first career hat-trick in a game vs. the New York Rangers. Three months later he recorded his second and final career hat-trick, again against the Rangers. The season proved to be Dalhstrom's most successful as he set career highs in games played, goals, assists, and points. The success did not last as he tied his career low in points during the 1944–45 season. Following the end of the season he was traded to the Seattle Ironmen in the Pacific Coast Hockey League / PCHL for cash. He never played a game for Seattle as he chose to retire following the 1944–45 season.
Dahlstrom scored 88 goals, 118 assists in 342 regular season NHL games, and 6 goals, 8 assists in 29 NHL playoff games.
- Selected to the CHL Second All-Star Team in 1935.
- Selected to the AHA First All-Star Team in 1936.
- Dahlstrom won the Calder Trophy as the lNHL's top rookie for the 1937–38 season.
- Stanley Cup Champion 1938.
- Dahlstrom was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1973.