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NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks Insider Charlie Roumeliotis caught up with 2013 Stanley Cup champ Brandon Bollig on the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast. Among the topics discussed were what it's like for a healthy scratch to get dressed and meet their team on the ice when they're about to win the Cup.

Bollig and co. didn't have much more than 17 seconds to get out and join their teammates on the ice in Boston after 2013's Game 6 of the Final that saw the Hawks hoist Lord Stanley's trophy. The forward was a healthy scratch in Game 6, but had played earlier during the series against the Bruins. 

NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks Insider Charlie Roumeliotis caught up with 2013 Stanley Cup champ Brandon Bollig on the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast. Among the topics discussed were what it's like for a healthy scratch to get dressed and meet their team on the ice when they're about to win the Cup.

Bollig and co. didn't have much more than 17 seconds to get out and join their teammates on the ice in Boston after 2013's Game 6 of the Final that saw the Hawks hoist Lord Stanley's trophy. The forward was a healthy scratch in Game 6, but had played earlier during the series against the Bruins. 

"We go in, we're leading the series 3-2, we're in Boston, luckily the Hawks are gracious enough to fly all of our families there, so that makes it even more special," Bollig said. "Us guys that didn't play that game: it was me, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Ben Smith, I think even Ryan Stanton was one of our guys in there, there were a couple other guys in the room with us, probably five or six of us. 

 

"We had worked out with the strength coach, probably during the first period. Rode the bike, the standard stuff when you're scratched, and then we're sitting there watching, of course eyes glued to the TV in the training room and everyone is kind of sitting on the training table, some of us on a swiss ball, just chilling, hoping that our boys pull through. 

"We were sitting there the whole time [during] the third period, I think they were up by a goal and we're all sitting there waiting. Of course [we're] super nervous, of course in there cheering on the fellas like, 'Come on guys, pull this off, let's do this.' We were not even thinking about, 'Where's our equipment? When are we going to have to get this stuff on?' That was not a thought that crossed our mind.

"So we're sitting there watching and lo and behold, Bicks scores a goal and Bicks ties it up, he's going berserk. Tazer passed it to him, Toews is going berserk. All the guys are going crazy, the bench is going absolutely insane, we probably cheered louder and harder than any of the fellas on the ice, we were just going berserk in the training room. 

"So we're going nuts, I think it's minutes that we were standing up there hugging like we were the ones that scored, we're in there so so pumped that we tied it, 'OT! OT! Win the Stanley Cup in overtime, how much cooler does it get?' So we're still celebrating, I don't think we had even sat back down yet and then Bolland scores and we're like, 'What is going on!' 

"Our heads are about to explode, we are just overcome with excitement. We huddle up again, we're super pumped, we're cheering with each other, high-fiving, all that and then quickly realize, 'Oh my god, we got to go get our gear on.' There's like 1:20 left or whatever it was and that was when the chaos ensues. 

"In Boston the setup is the locker room is just across this tiny little hall from the training room ... So we're in the training room, we're waiting, we're celebrating. Once we realize we got to go get our gear, we look across the hall, the equipment guys are digging [out] our bags and our jerseys and chucking it across the room at any open stall like, 'Get dressed! Get dressed!' Of course they're super excited, of course they want to go enjoy whatever is going on instead of worrying about us getting dressed. 

 

"We're getting dressed as fast as we can. That is no question the fastest I've ever gotten my gear on in my life. I'll never forget Jammer was sitting right next to me and he's like, 'I'm gonna cry, I'm gonna cry, we're about to win the Cup.' I'm like, 'Dude don't say that, I'm literally about to.' 

"We keep looking up because there's a little clock in the room that tells you how much time is left in the game. So we're looking up there, it's dwindling, dwindling, going so quick. Finally, I think with less than 12 seconds, probably seven seconds left, get the last of my gear on. I don't even have my jersey on, I'm running down the hallway and there's probably a good 10-15 yard hallway to get from the locker rom to the ice.

"It is jam-packed with all our staff, and media that traveled with us, our doctors, all that stuff. Literally everyone that comes with the team was crammed into this hallway because the boys were about to win the Cup and they were all ready to jump on, but they obviously didn't realize the scratches were behind [them]. So I'm honestly swimming through all these people like palming them out of the way, like, 'Get out of my way. I got to get onto this ice,' as I'm slipping each of my arms into my jersey, putting my head through the hole. 

"My jersey is on literally as the buzzer hits zero, all of us hit the ice and jumped on the ice with the rest of the guys. It was just of course the coolest feeling, the most surreal feeling you could ever imagine. It's something you imagined doing it every day pretty much from the first time you started played hockey. ...

"You don't even know what to do with yourself, you don't even know what to do with your feelings or emotions. 'What's going on? We just won the Stanley Cup.' So we are going absolutely insane and then once it kind of calms down for a second, then they start to wheel the Cup out and then it's just all these emotions rolled into one and you just realize your entire journey that got you there. All the youth hockey, all the tournaments, all the traveling, all the family stuff that you missed, it all kind of flashes before your eyes. 

"And then for me, when it came time to hoist the Cup, I was insanely nervous, I was like, 'I cannot drop this thing.' I'm wiping my hands on my jersey, on my pants and just making sure I'm not going to drop this thing and now I have the tightest grip I've ever had on anything when I hoisted that. ...

"I was just so lucky to be able to do that."

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