An oral history of' “17 Seconds” from behind the scenes


An oral history of' “17 Seconds” from behind the scenes

June 24, 2013 – “17 Seconds” has become synonymous with this night in Chicago Blackhawks history. An improbable comeback late in Game 6 against the Boston Bruins earned the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. Everyone remembers where they were at the moment, and everyone remembers how they celebrated. Here’s how it went down through the eyes of the people covering the game for (then) Comcast SportsNet.

David Kaplan (reporter): I traveled to Boston for Game 6 and covered the celebration as one of our on-ice reporters. I distinctly remember sitting in the press box at T.D. Garden Arena with Pat Boyle watching the game when we were told that the elevators were running very slow and that we should head downstairs before the start of the third period in case the Blackhawks won and we had to cover the celebration.

Pat Boyle (pre/postgame host): For the 3rd period of Game 6 in Boston, we moved to ice level where broadcast row was set up in the bowels of TD Garden.  

There were only a couple of TV monitors we could watch the game on.  So you had 40-50 media members staring up at a small flat-screen when Milan Lucic put the Bruins up 2-1 with 7 minutes to go in regulation.  A couple minutes later, the case carrying the Stanley Cup was wheeled by us…

Kaplan: The Stanley Cup was literally 10 feet away from us, ready to be brought onto the ice if the Blackhawks won the game. After Milan Lucic scored late in the third period to give Boston the lead, someone from the NHL came running down to the man guarding the Stanley Cup and said, "Pack that thing up and get it to the airport to get it to Chicago!"

Jeff Nelson (producer): I was producing the postgame show back in the Chicago newsroom for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. With the Blackhawks down 2-1 with just under two minutes left, I sat in the control room getting ready to do a show that I thought would focus on how the Hawks could bounce back and win Game 7 at the United Center.

John Schippman (field producer): Members of the media were crowded around a few TVs spread out throughout the media holding area. I was standing next to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. We (the media) were lined up underneath the stands, on ice level, preparing to go onto the ice if the Blackhawks mounted a comeback and won the Stanley Cup that night.

With 1:29 left in the game and the Blackhawks trailing 2-1, Chicago pulls Corey Crawford out of the net for the extra attacker. The Hawks proceeded to flip the script entirely, as Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart to give them a 3-2 lead. The goals were scored 17 seconds apart in game-time, but in REAL TIME, it all happened in under 90 seconds…causing chaos and confusion everywhere.

Nelson: In my headset I heard someone say "Hawks just scored!”  I looked up, but on the broadcast they were still trailing. Then Bickell put the puck in the back of the net, and I realized the network was on a 15 second delay and I was hearing one of our photographers over the phone from inside the arena.  Everyone started cheering and I took a breath thinking we had a few minutes to relax, since there would be a long intermission before overtime got underway.

Kaplan: Not long after the Blackhawks tied the game on Bryan Bickell's goal, the same gentleman (who was with the Stanley Cup) came running back into the tunnel and yelled "Get back here and get that thing out near the ice! The game is tied!"

Schippman: I turned to my left and there was Bettman standing next to me. I was so focused on the game and the Bickell goals that I didn’t even realize he was there.

He said “Wow, things have just gotten interesting.” I said I couldn’t believe it, and I think we both planned for an exciting overtime.

Ryan McGuffey (producer): I was working that night with Sarah Lauch and while in our Avid editing suite, I began prepping for what appeared to be a certain Game 7 against Boston. As I watched the seconds tick off the clock, boom, Bryan Bickell tied the game with a goal. In the midst of celebrating loudly, and hardly paying attention, the Blackhawks were celebrating again. I was confused. I asked Sarah what happened. Then, we realized the improbable…Dave Bolland had scored. The Blackhawks led 3-2. Twice in 17 seconds. The game clock hit 0.0 and pandemonium ensued….at work. 

Nelson: A few seconds later (someone said it was 17), I was just about to take my headset off when I heard "Hawks just scored again!" No one else in the control room was hearing what I heard, so I shouted out "Everyone…watch this!" Bolland scores, bedlam ensued, and less than a minute later we were on the air covering another Stanley Cup title. 

Schippman: We all know what happened next. 17 seconds later, Dave Bolland scored the game-winning goal, and the words out of my mouth were ‘Holy #&*^+=@ sh*t!’ (True story!)

Bettman turned towards me again and said, “That’s pretty amazing.”

Boyle: Just seconds after “17 Seconds”, the beat up case carrying the Cup was wheeled by us again and was getting polished up for its presentation to the Blackhawks.

The postgame show started in the bowels of the Garden and then my co-host Steve Konroyd and I were moved inside the bowl, just above ice level.

Mike Cappozzo (photographer): We lined up to go into the locker room. Bicks ties it and I had to run down the hall to get into the “on ice” line. I quickly detached my Dejero (portable satellite receiver) and ran over there. Bolly scores. We go nuts. In my haste, I plugged the video cable back into the Dejero power outlet by accident and created a huge spark. The Dejero goes dead. I send up a prayer, fire it back up and it worked

Kaplan: I hit the ice looking for interviews for our postgame show. I spotted Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and I immediately made a beeline for him to try to interview him live on the show. He said yes and just before Pat threw it to me, Corey leaned over to me and said that he watched SportsTalk Live during the season. I had been very harsh on Crawford and now with him standing next to me as a Stanley Cup winning goalie, he firmly reminded me of how hard I had been on him. How would he handle it when we hit the air? Would he blast me? No, Crawford was the consummate professional and he could not have been more gracious during our interview.

Schippman: The game clock hit zero, the celebration began, and we headed to the ice to gather sound for the postgame show. Covering the second Cup run was just as good as the first. We were more organized the second time around, but you always prepare for the unexpected, and that included Jonathan Toews and a few of his teammates moonwalking across the ice in their suits puffing on cigars as they waited to continue their celebration on the buses and eventually the flight back to Chicago. A great memory for me was this picture in the locker room, with a few of the hardest working people I know, and the head coach of the Stanley Cup Champions.

Cappozzo: Me, John Schippman and David Kaplan get a postgame picture with Bolland and the Cup in the hallway of the Garden. I shot a great iPhone video of Pete Hassen (Blackhawks VP of Marketing) dumping beer on Ship. It became a tradition in 2010 and he did it again in 2013.

Nelson: The next couple hours is a blur, but the one thing I clearly remember is when Pat and Steve were on camera from inside the arena, Jonathan Toews started yelling to them from center ice, and as the camera zoomed in, the captain celebrated the victory by doing the moonwalk.

Boyle: While we chronicled the Blackhawks historic, wire to wire run, my lasting memory was seeing Jonathan Toews at center ice with a handful of friends and family. The Captain had a cigar in one hand and a beverage in the other. “Captain Serious” had left the building and Toews was moonwalking on the ice.  Our cameras caught this unlikely celebration and it put a bow on another unforgettable night in Chicago sports history.

Scott Changnon (digital producer/editor): June 2013 marked my first year working as an editor at NBC Sports Chicago (then Comcast SportsNet). Just like all fans watching in Chicago, I was in our downtown studios biting my nails during the final minutes, witnessing the miraculous 17 seconds that had me still pinching myself afterwards that it actually happened. The most memorable moment was seeing Jonathan Toews moonwalk on the ice during the postgame show. I ended up editing that moment and dozens of other videos for social media and our website until the sun rose at 7 a.m. when I was relieved by our morning editor.

McGuffey: We flipped the script into celebration mode and how we’d cover it. Because we had a blueprint of how this worked from 2010, we reverted back to the things that were successful. The Blackhawks would touch down at O’Hare in the middle of the night, and the party would begin at Haray Caray’s in Rosemont…just as it had in 2010. I left the office around 2:30 a.m. to meet our crew to capture the first images of the players, and as important, the Stanley Cup. Usually when a team wins, it’s ALL about the players. Where they are. Who they’re with. Where they’re going next. But, the Stanley Cup brings its own star power and the chase was on. Around 3:30 a.m., the buses pulled in and the players rolled off. I remember interviewing a handful of players, including our own Jamal Mayers, amongst a throng of news reporters who had a tough time recognizing players without their jerseys on. I’d get a “who’s that?” after interviewing a player about the highlight of their hockey career. 

Danni Wysocki (booker/field producer): My main job the night the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup was to meet the team at the airport and follow the Cup around as they bar hopped and interview players. The camera man and I didn’t go to sleep and left straight to O’Hare after the Blackhawks won and the on-ice celebrations were over. We followed the Cup from O’Hare to Harry Caray’s then to The Scout. There were hundreds of people outside every stop, including fans, media and police. I listened to a police scanner app on my phone to see if we would be tipped off by the police to what bar the team was headed to next. When the players left the bar, we TMZ styled interviewed them. We joked that we were like the SNL cheerleaders peeking into the windows of Stanley Cup parties.  

McGuffey: Because we had no way of feeding the sound and video to our station, I grabbed the disc and got back in the car. I raced down the Kennedy Expressway, passing my house as the sun was coming up and I got it back to the station and gave it to the same person I watched the final seconds tick down with, Sarah Lauch. We edited the video and inserted it into a morning show replays as an update. Eventually, I got back in the car and made it home…at 9:30 a.m., exhausted, knowing it was ALL WORTH IT.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reaction to Artem Anisimov trade and development camp standouts


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reaction to Artem Anisimov trade and development camp standouts

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis react to the trade of Artem Anisimov to the Senators for Zack Smith. The guys discuss the role Smith could have with the Hawks and the areas where he has an edge over Anisimov.

They also discuss the first couple days of Development Camp and how this year’s top two draft picks — Kirby Dach and Alex Vlasic — have looked so far. Plus, a breakdown of the other top blue-liners and how Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin and Chad Krys have progressed and why they agree with Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to Denver for his junior year.

0:35 – Initial reaction to Anisimov/Smith trade

2:02 – Smith adds faceoff and penalty kill abilities

3:38 – Candidates for bottom-six center spots

4:57 – Edge a common theme among new Blackhawks

6:08 – Alex Nylander’s presence at Development Camp

8:20 – Kirby Dach has an open door to a roster spot

10:38 – Alex Vlasic holding his own against Dach

11:46 – Adam Boqvist wants to play in the NHL now

13:23 – Were Blackhawks recent moves scripted before NHL Draft?

15:28 – Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college

18:57 – Young defenseman make decisions tough down the road

20:21 – Keeping an eye on Philipp Kurashev at camp

21:20 – Is Stan Bowman done making moves?

22:34 – Salary cap outlook with DeBrincat/Strome extensions coming

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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2019 Blackhawks development camp: Day 2 thoughts and takeaways

2019 Blackhawks development camp: Day 2 thoughts and takeaways

Here are several thoughts and takeaways from Day 2 of Blackhawks development camp at Fifth Third Arena:

1. Why Alex Nylander wanted to be at camp

The Blackhawks invited 37 prospects to development camp. Only one of them has NHL experience and that's Nylander, who was a late addition after he was acquired from Buffalo for Henri Jokiharju.

Nylander has been one of the standouts so far, and rightfully so. He's supremely gifted and is ahead of the curve in comparison to some of the other prospects attending. But he's behind on his own development curve, and the Blackhawks wanted to see him on the ice this week because he's going to be one of the players in the mix for an everyday roster spot when training camp rolls around.

While it may have been unexpected to see Nylander's name on the prospect camp list because it feels like he's been around forever, he was all for getting a headstart despite not participating in the Sabres' development camp the week after the NHL Draft.

"I mean, I just got traded here," Nylander said. "I wanted to meet everybody and get on the ice. It’s been a couple of months since I was on the ice, so I thought it was a great opportunity for me to come here, show what I’ve done in training through the summer and I can get even better toward training camp. I just didn’t need to go to Buffalo’s camp."

2. Ripple effects of Artem Anisimov trade

The Blackhawks made a trade in the middle of camp on Tuesday, with Anisimov going to Ottawa in exchange for power forward Zack Smith. It's a move that cleared $1.3 million in cap space for the Blackhawks, but also opened the door for somebody to snatch up that third-line center role.

Kirby Dach, anyone?

GM Stan Bowman mentioned Ryan Carpenter, David Kampf, Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith as guys who have experience playing center but didn't single anyone out as a potential leading candidate to fill Anisimov's shoes in the third-line center role. One of those four figures to secure the fourth-line center position, which will likely be Carpenter or Kampf — perhaps we could see situational faceoffs between them with Carpenter a right-handed shot and Kampf a lefty.

It truly does feel like the third-line center position is up for grabs, and the Blackhawks don't seem to mind it that way. Bowman said Dach could very well be part of the group, and it's difficult not to wonder whether the No. 3 overall pick has a fair chance of making it.

"We have quite a few potential options there to play in the middle," Bowman said. "It’s hard to map out some lines and who is going to be in what spot but I think we have different looks that we can throw at the other team. Part of training camp is going to be to find out where does everybody fit and which combinations work best."

Other notes:

— Chris Kunitz has been sitting with the Blackhawks front office contingent observing camp. He hasn't announced what his future holds, but if he's ready to call it quits on his playing career, it wouldn't be surprising to see the organization bring him on in some capacity.

— Alexis Gravel made his camp debut on Tuesday. He did not participate in on-ice sessions on Monday because he wasn't medically cleared to do so.

— Tim Soderlund was listed on the prospect camp roster but has been absent for the first two days because of visa issues. It's unclear whether that will get resolved before camp wraps up on Friday.

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