Each and every week throughout the 2018-19 season, chicagoblackhawks.com will have answers to some fan-submitted questions. This week, former Blackhawks forward, 2010 Stanley Cup champion and Blackhawks TV contributor Adam Burish discusses his 'holy cow' moment in the NHL and more.
1. Adam, when & what was your "holy cow" moment as a rookie, on the ice... that moment that you realized you were on the "big stage" and you hoped all of your buddies saw it? - Brian from Illinois
The first time I felt like I was on the big stage was probably when I played the Detroit Red Wings for the first time at the United Center. Their lineup was stacked with Hall of Famers. The arena was rocking. You could feel the rivalry, but I couldn't stop looking at all the guys on that team that I used to collect their hockey cards.
For a few years, after the games, I would ask some of those guys to autograph their sticks for me.
I ended up getting hockey sticks signed by Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Brian Rafalski, Henrik Zetterberg, and Darren McCarty from that team.
2. As someone with their dream job I know there is still a bad side. What are the thing that players don't enjoy about playing in the NHL? - Dylan B. from Kalamazoo, MI
It is a really long season with lots of travel and lots of ups and downs. Fans get to see the games and the fun parts but they don't see when you get home at 3 a.m. after being on the road for two weeks. Maybe you played a bad game the night before and have to be back at the rink in the morning. You hear the bad things people say about how you played, your coaches get on you, and you have the stress of someone taking your job and possibly being replaced any day.
Most guys on a team can't afford to have a bad game or a bad week of practice or you will be replaced. In the back of your mind you know your dream can end any day, you have to always be ON! There are a lot of tough days, a lot of mental battles you have with yourself that nobody knows about and nobody sees. However, all the incredible days and memories make the tough days worth it. When I sit back and think about it, I loved every second of those battles of being an NHL player... coolest job that I always dreamed about, but never thought would happen...and it did!
3. If you could have added any past Blackhawks great to your 2010 cup team who would it be? - Ty C. from Collinsville, IL
How much time do you have Ty? The list is long! Denis Savard is the first name that comes to mind. I skated with him last year at the United Center for a Blackhawks charity event, and he is still smooth. I would have loved to see the Savy spin-o-rama in his prime and watch him dance out there! I would have loved to play with Bobby Hull to see his shot on the ice, and I have a feeling he would have fit in just fine and would have had some fun off the ice with us also! Might as well add in the greatest Blackhawks scorer of all time also and plug Stan Mikita into the lineup, and the ultimate iron man Steve Larmer…. the only problem is where do I fit in the lineup now? Can we dress six lines?