Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
By Tracey Myers
Adam Burish was giving a little preview of what he may say on the ice tomorrow, when he faces his former Chicago Blackhawks teammates. But not too much of one.
"Lot of stuff like that going on, inside jokes, some I'll share with you, some I probably won't," said the former Blackhawks forward who's fitting in just fine with the Dallas Stars this season. "There are going to be a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles and we'll crack a few jokes. It's not going to be teary-eyed or anything like that, I'm not just getting macho with you guys. It's just going to be fun."
Burish had plenty of that last season as part of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run. He's not doing too bad in that category thus far this season with the Stars, who had won seven in a row prior to their 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
For Burish, the reunion is bittersweet. He had that "weird" feeling as soon as he got into Chicago, and he'll probably feel a little bit of that tomorrow night again.
Still, it's a chance to get and take a good ribbing from his former teammates.
"I can't wait to get against (Patrick Sharp)," said Burish, who planned to have dinner with seven or eight Blackhawks Tuesday night. "I was looking forward to playing (Patrick Kane). I told him he must've gotten the Burish flu. I told (Duncan Keith) I'm going to chase him around the corner and give him the business."
The Blackhawks, meanwhile, continue on their carousel of seeing former players -- the only one remaining, after tomorrow night, is Kris Versteeg of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Brian Campbell figures he'll hear Burish on the ice.
"He's just going to talk, talk, talk. We know him better than he knows himself," he said. "It'll be good. I'm happy for Adam, he's playing a lot of minutes. I'm really happy he got a pretty good contract and a team where he's getting an opportunity."
Stars center Steve Ott, another one known for his chirping, has been Burish's linemate for a few recent games. Ott said Burish has brought plenty.
"He brings a lot to the table," Ott said. "He's got a great personality and he just adds to our core. He makes our team more vocal."
The memories will come flooding back for Burish tomorrow night, when he'll have about 20 family and friends for the game. Burish is getting more settled on his new team. But those days with the Blackhawks will stay in his memory for good.
"When you win a championship, it's a fun moment we'll have forever. I won a college championship and I remember all those guys," he said. "When you win a championship, you're friends forever."
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.