An Oswego native was in Peru during the Blackhawks' postseason run but was able to watch the Cup-clinching game at an American bar. On Monday, a pretty cool moment happened for Ryan Adorjan — who's been studying Spanish in Peru for nine weeks as part of his Mundelein Seminary — while hiking thousands of miles away from home.
Adorjan was visiting the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu on Monday when he happened to run into Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
“I saw him earlier in the day and recognized him right away, but he was kind of walking away so I didn't get a chance to say anything,” Adorjan told Only Oswego. “About 4 hours later, my friend and I were getting ready to leave, but decided to loop around to see a part of Machu Picchu one more time. When we came around a corner, there he was! He was with his girlfriend and a guide, so we kind of waited until the guide was done with his speech, and when they were moving away I swooped in.”
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Toews chatted with Adorjan's group for a few minutes — a conversation where Adorjan said "Toews was asking more questions about us and our lives than we were about him."
Afterwards, the three-time Stanley Cup champion offered to take a picture together with Machu Picchu in the background.
“He’s definitely my hockey hero and to have had such an incredible encounter only makes him cooler,” Adorjan said.
Check out the picture of Adorjan (right) and Toews below:
(Photo courtesy of Only Oswego)