ROMEOVILLE -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knows where he normally is this time of year.
Wed probably be in San Jose today with the Circus Trip, maybe Las Vegas in the middle, said Quenneville.
Yes, normally this would be the time for traveling and playing. But for the Blackhawks brass, on Day 66 of the NHL lockout, it was a day of giving back.
Quenneville, team president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and others were at the DuPage Township Food Pantry for the Blackhawks food drive there on Tuesday. From directing traffic to handing out food, the Blackhawks welcomed the opportunity to give back.
This has been on our schedule for quite a while, McDonough said. Its great to see everyone in the organization doing this together. Its in the spirit of what were trying to do.
It was the first food drive the Blackhawks have done with the DuPage Township Food Pantry, which serves more than 500 families a month.
They do an unbelievable job 365 days of the year, Blackhawks color analyst Eddie Olczyk said of the pantry. All the help, all the volunteers, all the corporate sponsors that help out, its the least that I can do and our family can do. But to be part of it with the Blackhawks and all the people who work here on a yearly basis, its more than our pleasure.
No, theres still no hockey. No Circus Trip, which the Blackhawks would be in the midst of right now. But there are still reasons to be thankful, and still good causes to give time and energy to.
Its fun to be a part of it, said Quenneville, who helped load boxes of food into families cars. Im excited to be in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Its a special time of year. All the sharing, giving, appreciate, it comes with a great day.