Burish, Hawks renew acquaintances
December, 7, 2010
By Jesse Rogers
Let the trash talking begin.
The Chicago Blackhawks take on another of their former teammates from their Stanley Cup championship run when noted big mouth and jokester, Adam Burish, takes the United Center ice with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
Both teams practiced at the United Center on Tuesday and neither side was at a loss for words.
"I could hear him coming in from the airport," Patrick Sharp joked.
Burish was known for talking on the ice, in the dressing room and to the media.
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillAdam Burish joked that Patrick Kane is faking injury just so he doesn't have to face Burish on Wednesday.
"I've been looking forward to this for a while," Burish said. "It'll be fun to get with the guys and laugh and have some fun but I'm still competitive. I want to have the last laugh here."
The Hawks say they won't be fazed by his antics as much as amused.
"I've heard most of his stuff, but he's pretty good coming up with new stuff so it will be fun to hear him out there," Duncan Keith said.
Sharp wouldn't mind lining his old roommate up for a solid check.
"That goes without saying," he said. "He better keep his head up when I'm on the ice. There's been a lot of talk of him coming after me, but we'll try to do it the other way this time."
"I'm going to keep it a secret," Burish joked. "He wants to go to dinner, I may not even go. I want to make him sweat it out a little bit. He's nervous, I think. He's putting on a tough act, but I think he's nervous."
Burish even had a message for Patrick Kane, who is out up to three weeks after suffering an injury on Sunday.
"I told Kane he must have the Burish flu," Burish said. "I don't think he's hurt. I think he's nervous, too. I wish they were both playing, but I'll have some fun with Sharp out there."
Burish said it was "weird" going into the visitors dressing room before practice and knows the same will be true come game time.
"It will be weird skating out there during warm-ups and looking across and seeing those guys," he said.
The Hawks know him well and know how competitive he is, so the jokes will stop come Wednesday night.
"[I'm] excited to play him," Keith said. "He was a big part of our team for a long time. I was drafted with him back in 2002 so we go way back. It will be fun playing against him and a little different seeing him on a different team, but like they always say when the puck drops you have to focus on winning a hockey game."
Burish has three goals, averaging 14:58 of ice-time for the Stars. He was named second star of the game on Saturday against Minnesota.