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Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer basks in return to Chicago

Patrick Kane checks  former teammate Troy Brouwer (20) game Sunday United Center.  |  Charles Cherney~AP

Patrick Kane checks former teammate Troy Brouwer (20) in the game Sunday at the United Center. | Charles Cherney~AP

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Updated: April 20, 2012 8:13AM



Back at the United Center for the first time since he was traded to the Washington Capitals last summer, former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer admitted to feeling at home in Chicago and experiencing a lot of good memories when he stepped on the ice for the morning skate Sunday.

“You got that comfort factor because I played so many games here and was I guess the only place I’d called home up until I got traded,” Brouwer said. “It’s a lot of fun to be back, but at the same time, my career [has] moved on a bit.”

Brouwer has found himself reprising the checking role he filled during his six seasons with the Hawks but has managed 18 goals and 13 assists.

He said he heard rumors last year that he might be involved in a trade but was surprised when he was moved to the Capitals for the 26th pick in the 2011 draft, which the Hawks used to select left winger Philliip Danault.

“I had small ideas that something might be looming but nothing concrete,” Brouwer said. “When I did get traded, obviously it was a surprise. For me, I missed the city more than anything. The people here were phenomenal. The fans here were great to me.”

Brouwer was able to reconnect for dinner Saturday with former teammates Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook. He still owns a home in Wrigleyville.



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