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Writer-producer David E. Kelley sweats out Hawks win

by John Dellapina
CHICAGO -- Michelle Pfeiffer danced to "Chelsea Dagger" and waved her red rally towel. So did her husband David E. Kelley -- but only when he wasn't clasping his hands together as if in prayer while looking up at the clock, pleading for it to tick faster.

While Pfeiffer could simply enjoy Sunday night's Chicago Blackhawks victory from their perch behind the net the Hawks attacked twice, Kelley was too invested to avoid agonizing while he was celebrating. Kelley is a hockey lifer -- born in Maine, raised in Massachusetts, former captain of the Princeton hockey team and the son of Boston University and New England Whalers coach Jack Kelley. He is also the brother of Mark Kelley, who happens to be the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Blackhawks.

David Kelley, the screenwriter and producer who created the television shows Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public and Boston Legal, and wrote and produced the movie Mystery, Alaska, took a few minutes after the final buzzer of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to talk hockey with You're obviously a fully-invested Blackhawks fan.

: Well, my brother is the head of amateur scouting. So, it's in the blood. How many games do you get to?

Kelley: Not as many as I'd like, because we live on the West Coast. But I got to the San Jose series a little bit. And now I'm here for this one. And if it goes to a seventh game, maybe I'll come again. What do you think of this Blackhawks team?

Kelley: I think they're a great team. I think, as long as they stay disciplined, they're the best team in the League. But they're young and sometimes they have breakdowns and make mistakes. They have very, very creative forwards. And most of the time that works for them. But sometimes it can work against them defensively. But I think they have the most skilled team in the League. It appeared as if the Blackhawks remembered who they were tonight.

Kelley: Yeah, they got their rhythm back tonight. But Philadelphia is a very good team -- a very tough team and a very, very disciplined team. So it's not over. Is your wife a hockey fan as well?

: She likes it. Hockey and fishing -- I love it and she tolerates it.
: It seems as if you both enjoyed yourselves tonight.

Kelley: Great building. Great atmosphere. And this is a great franchise. It couldn't be better, really. This is what everyone hopes for: the Stanley Cup Final.

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