Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On the Beat with Alex and Terry Broadhurst of the Rockford IceHogs

Matt and I finally made it back to Rockford for some exciting hockey courtesy of the IceHogs.  We really missed the IceHogs, but scheduling conflicts prevented us from returning sooner.
The IceHogs were 29-22-5-3 and in the thick of a playoff race.  They were playing the Rochester Americans, one of the teams battling them for playoff positioning.
The IceHogs won the game 4-2, with Terry Broadhurst getting the game-winning goal.  Goalie Jason Labarbera made 33 saves.  The game was never really in doubt, but it was closer than it should have been thanks to a few bad plays by the IceHogs.  Still, a win is a win and everyone went home happy.
I really enjoy going to Rockford to see the Hogs.  It is only about a 90 minute drive from Chicago.  Heck, sometimes it takes me that long to get to downtown Chicago from my Skokie home.  The IceHogs are a fan-friendly organization and I cannot say enough good things about them.
After the game, JohngysBeat.com's Contributor Extraordinaire Matt Parker interviewed the Broadhurst brothers.  Older brother Terry signed with the Blackhawks after going undrafted, while younger brother Alex was a 7th round pick of the Hawks in 2011.  Both are natives of the Chicago-area.
I have always been fascinated by brothers playing any sport professionally, especially together on the same team.  The Hawks have had a lot of great brother combinations over the years (the Bentley brothers and the Hull brothers to name two).  It was pretty cool to interview both Broadhurst brothers.
Matt talked to both about the game, as well as growing up as a Blackhawks fan.  Both men gave interesting answers about their favorite player growing up.  The Broadhurst brothers are young and talented.  It would be awesome to see them play together on the Hawks.  As I always write about the IceHogs, the Hogs of today are the Hawks of tomorrow.  I really hope this is true for these two young players.

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