The Blackhawks are hosting their prospects throughout the organization from Thursday through Monday at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Madison St. There will be practices and scrimmages, all open to the public.
There are two sets of brothers attending Chicago Blackhawks prospects camp. As high draft choices, Kevin and Jimmy Hayes are more known in the hockey world compared to forwards Alex and Terry Broadhurst.
Terry went undrafted and Alex was the 199th overall pick in last month’s draft. Nevertheless, the Orland Park natives are more than excited to wear their hometown jersey.
“It’s an honor to be drafted by Chicago and an honor for both of us to be here,” said younger brother Alex. “It’s our dream to play together.”
This is Terry’s second prospects camp having played for the University of Nebraska-Omaha the past two seasons. Alex played for the Green Bay Gamblers last year. Like most siblings, there is a rivalry which should play out on the ice and in the hotel room they share over the next five days.
“I got the draft jersey and hung it up in the hotel room, and he was like ‘Take that down’,” Alex joked. “He was real upset. There will be a lot of fighting and bickering and wrestling.”
Terry doesn’t disagree but is glad the Hawks drafted his younger brother, though he never did get that call.
“Him and I spent many hours in the basement playing against each other and with each other and to get out here on the ice is quite the honor,” he said. “It’s been great so far. We’re rooming together so who knows what’s going to happen in the room after games.”
As an eighth round pick and an undrafted 22-year-old both are long shots, but they’re happy to be playing for the Hawks instead of just watching them from home.