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Blackhawks' local draft pick is one step closer to lifelong dream

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Blackhawks' local draft pick is one step closer to lifelong dream

Young athletes grow up dreaming about playing for their their favorite team, to play among their heroes and dress before each game in the jersey they grew up wearing as a fan.

Now one Bartlett, Ill. native is one step closer to getting his chance.

As the NHL Draft continued on Saturday, Vincent Hinostroza waited anxiously to see if a team would take notice of the work and dedication he's put in every day on the ice. After being rated as a "middle of the road" player, Hinostroza decided he wouldn't give up until he made it to the big stage.

When it came time to announce the No. 169 pick, his dream came true -- Hinostroza was selected by the Blackhawks.

Just hours after the draft, he joined WGN Radio to talk about the work he had been putting in and the excitement he felt to someday play for his hometown team.

"I put a lot of trust in my coaches," Hinostroza said. "I've been working hard everyday, bettering myself to get where I am today."

The recent high school graduate spent his last two seasons in the USHL with the Waterloo Blackhawks after spending six season with the Chicago Mission.

Hinostroza is committed to Notre Dame, where he plans to continue improving and showing his strong work ethic in preparation to play in the NHL.

"I just have to keep working hard. I'll spend a few good years in college and then hopefully I'll play there," Hinostroza said.

The Chicago product has received countless calls from family and friends who are ecstatic to see him become part of the Blackhawks' organization. Hinostroza has a big goal to work toward, and he isn't planning on slowing down until he fully achieves his dream.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: