Hot Corner: Dads of Hawks’ tough guys roll back the clock
November 2, 2011 11:00PM
Bryan Bickell is looking to bounce back from a “little speed bump” last season and lend a physical presence in front of the net. | Getty Images
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:58AM
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Blackhawks are getting some quality father-son time on their road trip to Florida. The team invited the players’ fathers along for a first-class trip, including a golf outing and a big dinner on the Atlantic coast.
The Sun-Times chatted with some of the fathers of the more feisty Hawks:
Howard Scott, who isn’t anywhere near 6-8, on his son John: “I’m 6-1. My wife is about 5-10. He’s the biggest one in our family by far.
“John went through the college ranks and fighting is taboo down there, but he always managed to get it in. I’ve never seen him lose a fight yet.
“I was actually at that game [when he fought the Kings’ Kevin Westgarth]. I had seats right by where the fight happened. What goes through my mind is my heart is going a mile a minute, hoping that he doesn’t get hurt and not hurt the other guy too much. My wife, however, cannot stand it one bit. She actually has to leave when the fight happens.”
Bill Bickell, on his toothless son Bryan: “He was in figure skating, not the mite program. He said, ‘Enough figure skating, Dad. I want to play hockey.’ He got the equipment, and I put it all on him. I was on the ice with him, and he never made it to the other side of the ice. He fell five times. I just thought to myself, ‘Ah, this isn’t going to happen.’ Turns out, it did happen.
“His mother would like to see him carry his teeth when he’s doing interviews. But I say, ‘That’s just Bryan. Don’t worry about it.’
Gino Carcillo, on his rough-and-tumble son Daniel: “When he was in Sarnia [of the Ontario Hockey League], he lived with a billet, and this billet was always pretty strict with him. He used to sneak out at night and go out with his friends. We never found out until later. He was always causing problems with this billet. Playing in Sarnia, I asked him, ‘How is it?’ He says, ‘Dad, it’s like playing in a library. It’s too quiet.’ So right then and there, you know he likes the rowdiness.”
Adam L. Jahns