The latest installment of BBQ, interviews with Blackhawks stars of today and yesteryear, is a visit with Chicago forward Troy Brouwer, who is the Blackhawks’ breakout offensive star of the 2009-10 season. This year marks his second full season in Chicago after seeing just 12 games of action in his age 21 and 22 NHL campaigns. Brouwer has surpassed or is on track to break his career marks across the board and presently is first on the team in shooting percentage (.202, which also is third in the NHL), tied for first on the team in power-play goals (seven), third in goals (18), sixth in forwards’ ice time (16:52), and eighth in points (31). Brouwer has played in all 59 games this season, and has done so with abandon on both ends of the ice. He’s also got some skills outside of the rink, having won both Brent Seabrook’s charity bowling tournament and Brian Campbell’s charity poker tournament over the course of the season.
CSNChicago.com: How does it feel to be the team’s breakout player?
Brouwer: Oh [laughs and turns away as if he doesn’t expect to be characterized that way]. We’ve got a lot of great young players here.
CSNChicago.com: Let’s put it this way: Obviously you have goals to star in this league [again, Brouwer laughs at the audacity of dreaming of stardom]. Were those your expectations heading into the season?
Brouwer: Coming into this season, yes. Last season, maybe not so much—I think I was content with just being here. That’s not necessarily a good mindset to have—you sell yourself short. This year, I really worked hard on my confidence and my ability—skating ability, shooting ability, everything. So I came in this season with the confidence of knowing I could be a goal scorer. I have been throughout my entire career, and I kind of pride myself on that.
Read the complete CSNChicago.com Q&A with Troy Brouwer here.