An Oswego native was in Peru during the Blackhawks' postseason run but was able to watch the Cup-clinching game at an American bar. On Monday, a pretty cool moment happened for Ryan Adorjan — who's been studying Spanish in Peru for nine weeks as part of his Mundelein Seminary — while hiking thousands of miles away from home.
Adorjan was visiting the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu on Monday when he happened to run into Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
“I saw him earlier in the day and recognized him right away, but he was kind of walking away so I didn't get a chance to say anything,” Adorjan told Only Oswego. “About 4 hours later, my friend and I were getting ready to leave, but decided to loop around to see a part of Machu Picchu one more time. When we came around a corner, there he was! He was with his girlfriend and a guide, so we kind of waited until the guide was done with his speech, and when they were moving away I swooped in.”
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Toews chatted with Adorjan's group for a few minutes — a conversation where Adorjan said "Toews was asking more questions about us and our lives than we were about him."
Afterwards, the three-time Stanley Cup champion offered to take a picture together with Machu Picchu in the background.
“He’s definitely my hockey hero and to have had such an incredible encounter only makes him cooler,” Adorjan said.
Check out the picture of Adorjan (right) and Toews below:
(Photo courtesy of Only Oswego)
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.
They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?
Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.
The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.
Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.
"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."
Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.
"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.
"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."
The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.
Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.
"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."