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Hawks veterans get shot at glory

6/11/2013

CHICAGO -- They have combined to play 1,733 regular season games and another 160 in the playoffs for eight different NHL franchises.

That is a lot of road traveled between Michal Rozsival and Michal Handzus and yet only now do their respective journeys converge at the edge of a championship.

What makes the moment even more poignant for Rozsival, 34, a Czech from Vlasim and Handzus, 36, a Slovak from Banska Bystrica, is that both came to the Chicago Blackhawks with modest expectations. Frankly, it would have surprised no one if neither was a factor at all in the Blackhawks' run to their second Stanley Cup Finals since 2010.

And yet, nothing could be further from the truth.

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