Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor
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This weeks guestone of the top young guns on the local sports journalism scene whose beat coverage of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks continues to be must-read daily in the Chicago Sun-Timesas busy as his schedule is, he still finds time to...who are we kidding, he never has any free timeexcept to take a brief time out for CSNChicago.coms 5 Questions withADAM JAHNS!
BIO: Adam Jahns joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 2005, starting out on the high school sports desk. He had a short stint as a writer for the Sun-Times Media Wire, chasing down hard-news stories. He was later named the Assistant Editor for YourSeason.com, the Sun-Times expansive high school sports website. Jahns roles soon expanded to include occasional coverage of the Bears, Cubs, Sox and Blackhawks. He was part of the Sun-Times coverage team for the Hawks 2008-09 postseason. Jahns started the 2009-10 season as an editor for YourSeason.com. On Dec. 16, 2009, he was officially moved to the Hawks beat.
Jahns is a native Chicagoan, growing up on the citys Northwest Side in the Mayfair neighborhood. He attended Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, before heading off to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He was the sports editor of St. Norberts weekly newspaper. As a senior, he wrote for the Green Bay News-Chronicle, covering college hockey, volleyball, soccer and basketball. After the News-Chronicle closed in the summer of 2005, Jahns moved home and attended Columbia College, where he earned a Masters degree in journalism. He majored in Media Communication at St. Norbert.
He lives in Chicago with his wife Colleen.
1) CSNChicago.com: Adam, as you can attest, were all still coming off the Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship hangover in what was an amazing summer of celebration for the team and the entire city. Alas, its a new season and a new-look team so-to-speak, but that stellar core of young talent (with huge playoff experience) is back to make another run at the title. In your opinion, is there any reason why this years team cant repeat as champs?
Jahns: History is certainly against the Hawks. There hasnt been a repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The Red Wings almost did it again after the lockout, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, who they defeated the year earlier, won in a rematch. Its the hardest title to win in all of sports. The grind of the NHL postseason -- where the physical play is amplified, games are every other day and travel becomes a factor especially in the Western Conference -- is unmatched.
With that said, the Hawks are still a very good team. Everyone points out who the Hawks lost, but I think people forget that Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland missed half of the regular season last year. They are healthy now. Look at what Hossas done already this season. A 45-goal season is a real possibility for him.
The Hawks will make the playoffs. Once theyre in, anything can happen. They have enough talent to win it all again with Hossa, Bolland, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brian Campbell leading the way. And, who can say that its not possible for some of the new guys to emerge as quality role players?
2) CSNChicago.com: The Blackhawks have a new one-two punch in the nets this year with veteran Marty Turco and a big league opportunity for the teams 2003 NHL Draft pick Corey Crawford. From what youve seen so far, what would you say is your main pro & con for each of these two netminders?
Jahns: A big con for both goalies is the lack of familiarity with the Hawks defense. Marty Turco, in particular, likes to play the puck a lot. It will take some time for him to get used to where the Hawks like to be, how they like the puck, where they want it and when they want him to play it. But Turcos puck-moving ability is also his biggest plus. There arent many goalies, if any, that can move the puck like he does. Corey Crawford has had to sit and wait his turn for years in the Hawks system. He has really improved on rebound control.
3) CSNChicago.com: When Patrick Kane scored that game-winner in Game 6 last June, giving the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup title in 49 years, was it as surreal to you as someone who covered the team 247, as it was to all of us as fans?
Jahns: I remember what I was doing vividly. I was standing in the first row of the press box. I was packing my bag and about to head downstairs to set myself up in the makeshift media room in the Wachovia Center. Its easier to write in the media room, especially on deadline. The locker rooms are closer than being in the press box.
As I was packing my bag, Patrick Kane let go a bad-angle shot from the bottom of the left circle. I didnt think he scored, but he took off down the ice toward Antti Niemi, skating wildly away from the play. Patrick Sharp gave chase. Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd looked lost. The Flyers stood around looking for the puck.
There were other reporters surrounding me, looking down at their laptops and churning out copy for the following day. On the ice, there was confusion. Then the Hawks bench emptied. Oh my God, I thought. They just won.
Gloves, helmets and sticks soon covered the ice. The Flyers hung their heads. They won, I said. Everyone around me looked up. We raised our heads to look for the replay on the press-box TVs. The Wachovia Center was eerily quiet.
I frantically finished packing my bag, ran to the elevator, found a spot in the crowded media room and made my way to the ice to interview the Hawks. Some 25 minutes later and as the Hawks celebrated in their locker room, I sat next to a large flat-screen TV in the first row of seats in the media room, writing my game story for the paper. My first sentence was: The Blackhawks are the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.
4) CSNChicago.com: Youve covered a lot of beats so far in your young journalism career. Whats the single worst assignment you ever had to cover and what made it so awful?
Jahns: I wouldnt say Ive had any really awful assignments. But there have been some tricky ones, where the elements certainly made my job more difficult. I once interviewed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during a rain storm under a tent at La Rabida Childrens Hospital in Hyde Park. I was in need of a full change of clothes afterward. I covered a high school football playoff game between Proviso East and Downers Grove North on a snowy Friday night a few years ago. My notes were ruined, and I didnt dress warm enough. I didnt even have a hat to wear.
With the News-Chronicle in Green Bay, I covered a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball game. I placed my voice recorder on the table during the post-game interviews. When I checked it afterward and started to write, I found out the batteries in it were dead. That wasn't too fun.
A tough one to swallow was turning down a chance to help cover a White Sox game two summers ago. It was July 23, 2009, and I had other responsibilities to tend to. Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game that day.
5) CSNChicago.com: Whats your favorite press dining room pre-game entre served at the United Center and tell us a couple of road city arenas that you consider having some solid press dining grub?
Jahns: At the United Center, the Hawks serve an in-game meal during the second intermission. My favorite is the chicken fingers and macaroni cheese. The pre-game meal at Vancouver isnt bad at all. Columbus, believe it or not, has two places I highly recommend for those interested in dining at one-of-a-kind local restaurants. Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, which is known for its pot roast sandwich, and the Thurman Caf, a popular burger joint, are great places. They arent exactly the healthiest places to eat, but their food is absolutely delicious. Every time the Hawks head to Columbus I get a pot roast sandwich at Tip Top.
BONUS QUESTIONCSNChicago.com: Anything you would like to plug Adam? Tell us, we want to hear about it
Jahns: As for what I could be working on, I always have something cooking. I really enjoy doing long, in-depth features. But what type of reporter would I be if I gave them away?
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