Jake Chelios wasn’t there to congratulate his father, Chris, in person on his Hall of Fame honor. But his pride extended to Chicago, where he’s taking part in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week.
The younger Chelios called his father not long after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first time on the ballot. For Jake, seeing his dad get named was special.
“Obviously he’s really excited; it’s a huge honor. It’s probably one of the best things you can do in sports,” Jake said. “To wait for (three) years after you’re done playing and get all this excitement back, it’s so good for him.”
Jake Chelios was very young when his father played for the Blackhawks, but he still remembers some things about those days.
“Just going to the rink; best part for a kid was playing mini sticks in the wives room. It was just being in that environment and seeing all those players,” he said. “Now when you see them, it’s just nice having all those memories and relationships from when you were younger.”
Jake, who will head back to Michigan State in the fall, it’s a second run at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp; so far, so good.
“We’re done with our first scrimmage. It started off a little sloppy with everyone getting to know each other,” he said. “This is one of the most fun camps to go to. I’m glad I’m back, I’m glad they invited me back. It’s a good experience.”
Chelios watched just about all of the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup, including their series against the Detroit Red Wings; everything, that is, except the last five minutes of Game 6.
“I wanted to go to bed, and I just thought I’d see them next game. I wake up the next day and hear about two goals in 17 seconds. Of course,” Chelios said with a smile.
Broader practice time
Alex Broadhurst somehow drew the short straw, make that the long practice time, at Tuesday’s prospect practice. With Garret Ross out ill, Broadhurst participated in both practices, each about 75 minutes long.
“I was the lucky one. Good and bad, I guess,” said Broadhurst, who showed no ill effects from the extra practice at Wednesday’s scrimmage. “I can do it for the conditioning.”
Broadhurst, who signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Blackhawks on June 1, is participating in his third prospect camp here. Every one, he said, proves valuable.
“Every year there are different things to learn,” he said. “It’s cool to see how you learn from each coach, the way they play the game and do drills. You just take as much as you can from them.”
Mark McNeill didn’t participate in off-ice workouts on Tuesday after taking a puck to the leg in practice. But he was fine on Wednesday and played in the camp’s first scrimmage.
The Blackhawks prospects will have their second camp scrimmage Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m.