Blackhawks camp a dream come true for Broadhurst brothers
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT email@example.com July 9, 2011 11:14PM
Alex (left) and Terry Broadhurst Jr. are two of the youngsters looking to impress at prospect camp. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: July 12, 2011 12:50PM
When they were growing up in southwest suburban Orland Park, Terry and Alex Broadhurst would come home from hockey practice and look over their collection of hockey cards with their father.
‘‘We used to set up the card pages with forwards, two defensemen and a goalie in the middle,’’ Terry Broadhurst Sr. said.
The boys would dream about playing in the NHL as they kept flipping back to look at favorite players Jeremy Roenick and Joe Sakic again and again. As they got older and
began to work their way up the ranks of youth hockey, Terry Sr. could see his boys still carried that dream with them.
‘‘You’d never talk about it like you’re going to get there in a realistic sense because that’d be like touching the Stanley Cup before you’ve won it,’’ Terry Sr. said. ‘‘But you could see they wanted it more than anything.’’
Blackhawks prospect camp isn’t the NHL, but it’s a long way from looking at hockey cards.
‘‘We’ve grown up Blackhawks [fans],’’ said 18-year-old Alex, the first of the Hawks’ two seventh-round draft picks last month. ‘‘That’s what our whole life was up until now, and now we’re here. It’s pretty crazy.’’
Terry Sr. was at Johnny’s Ice House West to watch Saturday, and his sons didn’t disappoint. Alex set up older brother Terry Jr. for a goal.
‘‘Off the ice [we’ll think about] the brother stuff, but on the ice it’s just another hockey game,’’ said 22-year-old Terry Jr., an undrafted free agent at his second prospect camp with the Hawks. ‘‘It’s nice playing with my brother, but no matter who’s your teammate, you’ve got to play hard for the other guy.”
Terry Jr. and Alex aren’t the only local kids looking to impress the Hawks’ brass. Luke Sandler, an 18-year-old undrafted attendee, grew up in Lincoln Park, and 19-year-old Paul Phillips of Darien, the first of the Hawks’ two seventh-round picks in 2009, are also at the camp.
‘‘Anytime you can see a Chicago guy, you’re always rooting for him,’’ said Terry Jr., who played on the same youth team as Phillips. ‘‘You kind of know the path they took as far as AA hockey, AAA hockey and stuff like that. You can relate to what they do, so it’s good to see those guys out here.’’
Said Phillips: ‘‘Youth hockey in Chicago is a small world, and now it’s come full circle for some of us. We’re playing against guys at this camp that we were playing with when we were 4 feet tall. In the back of your mind, it’s fun to see them. But you kind of want to beat them out, too.’’
NOTE: Mark Nemec was helped off the ice after being hit by Andrew Shaw during the first period of a scrimmage between Hawks prospects. Nemec didn’t return, but Shaw scored twice in the scrimmage, which ended in a 6-6 tie.
Mark McNeill, the first of the Hawks’ two first-round draft picks last month, and Adam Clendening, the first of their two second-round picks last month, also scored.