Dental work and hockey have had a long, cozy partnership that apparently even extends to young fans. At least that was the case with Cubs manager Dale Sveum and his son, Rustin.
Rustin Sveum didn’t need a dentist or help from anybody when it came to removing his teeth as a young boy.
“He lost his first couple teeth at a hockey game,” Sveum said Sunday prior to the Cubs’ season finale against Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field. “He wanted to wait and pull them out at the hockey game. He pulled them out himself.”
Hockey was the talk of the morning at Wrigley Field in the aftermath of the Blackhawks’ thrilling 4-3 double-overtime victory Saturday over the Los Angles Kings to clinch the Western Conference championship.
“A lot of us are into it,” Sveum said. “It was the big talk in the morning today and all that. When you get to witness that and you haven’t been a part of championships, it kind of gives you goosebumps to understand the reality of it. That’s the emotions you get when you’re in those situations.
Because of their schedule, Sveum wasn’t able to get to the United Center for the game, but he’s hoping to catch Game 1 Wednesday after the Cubs afternoon game against Cincinnati.
He watched Saturday’s game on TV, and could only imagine the atmosphere inside the arena when the Kings forced overtime with only nine seconds remaining in regulation
“I don’t know how quiet that place got when they were nine seconds away from going to the Stanley Cup (Final),” he said. “You watch it on TV, but you don’t get the essence of that quietness unless you’re in a place like that. I’ve been there before, so I know how loud it is.”
It became loud again when Patrick Kane capped his three-goal performance with the game-winner 11:40 into the second overtime to send the Blackhawks to the final for the second time in four seasons.
“It’s nice to have a championship in the city you’re in,” Sveum said. “Wherever I’ve been you end up following the teams and falling in love with the teams that are in your city.”