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Catching up with... Ben Smith

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How have the Blackhawks been spending their offseason? recently sat down with your favorite players to see how their summer has gone so far and discuss some of their aspirations for the 2012-23 NHL campaign.

What did you do this summer? Did you stay home or go on vacation?
I’ve been in Chicago all summer, but I did take a trip back to the East Coast, to Boston and Connecticut. I also went to Virginia to visit some family, and then Columbia, Connecticut, for a week.

What’s been the best part of your summer so far?
Just enjoying Chicago, going to the beach, concerts and some baseball games. I’ve never stayed here before, so it’s been fun.

Did you keep in touch with or hang out with any teammates?
I live with one of the guys—Joe Lavin—who I played with in Rockford, and I exchange texts here and there.

Are you trying to work on any particular skills or parts of your game?
It’s been awhile since I skated [in a game], so I’m trying to get back into hockey shape and playing form.

What’s your personal goal for next season?
To bring out my best effort every day and enjoy it, have a good bounce-back year.

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