Chicago Blackhawks: Paul Konerko

Cubs, Sox turn out to support Blackhawks

May, 30, 2013
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Cubs were back to being enemies a day after uniting in support of the Blackhawks.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesPaul Konerko's shoot-the-puck moment on Wednesday went a little smoother than Jeff Samardzija's.
Many players from both sides, as well as both managers, were in attendance at the United Center on Wednesday night as the Blackhawks eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinals.

In fact, the White Sox's Paul Konerko and the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija participated in the Blackhawks' shoot-the-puck promotion between periods. Samardzija missed all five of his shots, while Konerko, a former youth hockey player in Rhode Island, made two of his five.

"It was fun," Konerko said. "I didn't know really what to expect out there but I had fun with it. It was over and done with pretty quick."

Samardzija made no excuses for his struggles.

"I had to ask Konerko how to do it," he said. "I should have gone second. I'm pretty ashamed. My father was really mad at me. He's trying to get me to change my name to my mom's (maiden name)."

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Cubs, Sox hoping to see Hawks' Game 7

May, 28, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is happy the Chicago Cubs don’t have more night games yet. Konerko has tickets for the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 7 showdown against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. It’s a day of the week which normally would find the Sox playing at night, but Wednesday’s contest starts at 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley Field.

“I came across some tickets from a friend of mine and my first thought was I couldn’t go because I never think of a weekday game being a day game so then it hit me that we have a day game,” Konerko said before the Sox played the Cubs Tuesday night. “Lucky me, I get to go to the game. Hopefully we don’t do anything stupid like have an extra-inning game or any rain delays. Let’s keep our fingers crossed there.”

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