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Orland Park's Broadhurst brothers look to impress

by Kelsey Peters / Chicago Blackhawks
Terry (left) and Alex Broadhurst of Orland Park, Ill., warm up during Blackhawks Prospect Camp on Friday.

It was just like the old days. Mom and Dad piled the boys, their duffels and a half dozen hockey sticks in the car.

Well, maybe it wasn’t just like the old days. The Broadhurst’s were dropping their sons, Terry and Alex, off in Chicago for Blackhawks Prospect Camp, not exactly a peewee match or a pickup game at the local ice rink. After all, they are now 22 and 18, respectively.

“Just being here is unbelievable,” said Alex. “Getting treated like a pro for a week is surreal.”

The Orland Park, Ill., natives were two of the 46 players invited to Prospect Camp, five days of drills, scrimmages and physicals, at Johnny’s West. The brothers are even rooming together, though they said there’s been plenty of fighting, bickering and wrestling already.

This is Terry’s second camp for the Hawks; he’ll be a junior this fall at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But Alex is the one with the bragging rights: He was drafted in the eighth round by his hometown team just weeks ago.

“It was fantastic; I couldn’t have been happier for Alex,” said Terry. “We were keeping our fingers crossed that the Blackhawks would draft him and once they did, myself and my whole family were really excited for him.”

“He hasn’t given me too hard of a time,” he added coyly.

“It’s an honor to be drafted by Chicago, and it’s an honor for both of us to be here (at Prospect Camp),” said Alex. “It’s our dream to play together.”

The four-year age difference means they’ve never played on an organized team together, but there’s still been plenty of competition between the two forwards. They first learned to skate at the Saints Spectrum (now the Bridgeview Park District Arena), but it was their unfinished basement that proved to be the perfect training ground.

“We had a net down there and pucks, and we just rollerbladed and played one-on-one against each other all day,” said Alex. “Me and (Terry) have been competing our whole lives. I think we make each other better playing together.”

While their playing styles are similar, their individual roles differ. Alex acts as center and playmaker and Terry as winger and finisher.

“I kind of like to skate long, use my speed. He plays a little more east and west,” said Terry. “But as far as skill level goes, I’d say we’re pretty much the same in goal-scoring, passing. He’s probably a little bit better of a passer; I’m a little bit better of a finisher. They go well together.”
We’re pretty blue collar guys, and we’ve had to work for everything we have, and that mindset of working hard every day got us to this point. - Terry Broadhurst

Growing up watching Roenick, Chelios and Belfour, Terry and Alex were diehard Blackhawks fans and dreamt of playing together for their hometown heroes.

“To be able play at the United Center in front of our friends and family and the hometown crowd, I don’t think anything would be better,” said Terry.

But they’re not there yet. There’s still plenty of work to do at Camp and beyond if either want to ultimately earn contracts with the Blackhawks.

“The biggest thing for us is just kind of gaining weight and trying to get bigger,” said Alex, at 5-10, 153 pounds. “For me, I’d like to be as fast as Terry, so I need to work on my skating a little bit. But there’s never stuff you stop working on.”

Terry plans to return to Nebraska-Omaha, where he’s been working out with the conditioning coach four days a week all summer. While his season was shortened due to injury, he still registered career highs in assists (19) and points (30) with the Mavs in the 2010-11 campaign.

Alex is headed back to Green Bay (despite being a Bears fan) and the USHL for one more year, looking to improve on his 13 goals and 20 assists from last season. He hopes to join his brother in Omaha for the 2012-13 season, potentially their first chance to play on a team together ever.
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