The Blackhawks kicked off their "Go Week" of giving back to the community with a special surprise for the varsity and junior varsity Highland Park high school hockey teams, turning their regular practice on Monday into a VIP Blackhawks experience at Fifth Third Arena.
First, the players, parents and coaches were bussed to the rink from their normal practice facility with GM Kyle Davidson and his staff. Then, they all received a hero's welcome upon arrival. And finally, the entire team was given custom jerseys and a private coaching session from Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson before their scrimmage, which got going after a live Jim Cornelison rendition of the National Anthem.
There was one more surprise though, and it was a big one.
Blackhawks icons Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews made a special appearance inside the locker room to give the team a little pep talk before practice, and also signed each of their jerseys. The reaction is priceless:
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— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 20, 2022
This is too awesome. The @NHLBlackhawks surprised the Highland Park hockey team with the ultimate #Blackhawks experience. The players are wearing customized Hawks practice jerseys signed by both Kane & Toews! Out on the ice now with Luke Richardson! pic.twitter.com/PqXscofi23
— Genna Rose (@gennarosetv) September 19, 2022
An incredible gesture by the Blackhawks. The Highland Park hockey team had been displaced from their local rink due to severe damage, and with the community still healing from the tragic mass shooting in July, it warms your heart to see something like this.
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