Names of 1961 Black Hawks being removed from Stanley Cup

The ring that includes championship teams from 1954-65 will now be on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Golden Jet has taken his last flight with the Stanley Cup.

Bobby Hull along with the rest of the Chicago Black Hawks’ 1961 championship team are among the names from 1954-65 that will be removed from the Cup this spring to for a new layer of champions, according to the Associated Press. The 1954-65 ring will be the third to be removed and displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The process off removing a layer is done to keep the 3 feet trophy mobile. In addition to the 1961 Black Hawks’ team, the likes of Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard will also be removed from the iconic trophy.

“People in Saskatchewan are a little upset Gordie’s name is coming off, but that’s the tradition,” Mike Bolt, one of the keepers of the Cup, told the AP. “It can’t get any bigger. … We wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

Chicago’s team nickname was spelled in two words as the “Black Hawks” until 1986, when the franchise became the “Blackhawks.” So while the Black Hawks will no longer be on the Cup, the Blackhawks will be be represented on the Cup three times with its 2010, ‘13 and ‘15 championship teams.

h/t to Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times