The lights come up inside Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. 'The Kurve' supporters group is full-voice behind the Blackhawks' net. And 17-year-old Lukas Reichel awaits the opening faceoff, shoulder-to-shoulder with his childhood idol, Patrick Kane.
It's September 29, 2019. Chicago is gearing up in a final test ahead of the 2019-20 season against German-powerhouse Eisbären Berlin. It's an international exhibition game that, as it turns out, would foreshadow the NHL-hopeful Reichel's destiny a year and one week later.