Kirby Dach's first surreal moment after arriving in Chicago for the 2019 Blackhawks Development Camp came Sunday night while he dined with fellow prospects at a popular steakhouse.
"A couple of people came up and said, 'hey, good luck for the season,' " Dach said Monday after participating in drills during Day 1 of the camp that will run through Friday at Fifth Third Arena. "It's a little bit surprising. In a small town you kind of know everybody and everybody knows you and you come here it's a lot bigger so for somebody to know who I am that's definitely special."
Things then got downright sublime for the St. Albert, Alberta native who calls the nearby Fort Saskatchewan (pop. 24,000 or so) his hometown when he bumped into Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in the dressing room of the practice facility Monday morning. Dach admitted he "got a little bit tongue-twisted and I didn't know what to say to him.