LONDON, Ontario --- Budweiser Gardens is a foreign venue for several Blackhawks prospects, but to Alex Broadhurst, the rink is a second home.
After two years with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, the New Lenox, Ill., native spent his first campaign in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, tenants of Budweiser Gardens. Broadhurst was productive in his first outing with the Knights, recording 63 points (23G, 40A) in 65 regular-season games. He also ranked second on the team with 28 points (10G, 18A) in 21 postseason contests en route to London’s 2013 Robertson Cup championship win.
To cap off his winning season, Broadhurst inked a three-year entry-level deal with the Blackhawks in May.
Now, Broadhurst returns to the familiar rink, this time dressed in Chicago’s red and black.
“Any chance to wear the Blackhawks logo is quite an experience, but it’s pretty awesome to be back," he said. "I saw a couple former teammates and coaches already, so it’s good to be back.”
The Blackhawks 2011 seventh-round pick is expecting quite the cheering section for the duration of the tournament.
“They better come!” he joked. “They said they were going to make it. Other than the guys who are at their own rookie camps, the new guys and the young guys are here [to watch].”
Broadhurst’s older brother, Terry, a free-agent signee in March 2012, is on the ice for the Blackhawks in London, too.
“We play good together,” Alex said. “We’re very close and it’s just nice to have him around. It kind of sucked not to have him [at Prospect Camp earlier this year] because we roomed together [last year], so it was a little different. It’s just good to have him back.”