Adam Burish has never met a challenge he didn't like.
A wide smile parades across his face, and without hesitation or care that his Chicago Blackhawks' teammates are within ear shot, he burst into song, "Iffff you want to be a Badger, just come along with me…" His voice trickles off and his smile fades when he realizes he's all but forgotten the rest of the words.
His rendition of one of many Wisconsin Badgers school songs may have been short lived, but like his approach to anything involving hockey, Burish didn't back down when asked to sing in the middle of a half-crowded team dressing room.
The 25-year-old University of Wisconsin graduate bleeds red and white, you see, and his love for his hometown and alma mater have made him who he is today. He's become the team's agitating, in-your-face pest who has a knack for blocking shots. He has been an integral part on the penalty kill (19th in the League at 82 percent), and moreover, has emerged as a young leader -- all in his first season as a full-timer on the resurgent Chicago Blackhawks.
And he wouldn't have it any other way.