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Hawks' Smith tuning up the playoffs

From a family of musicians, the Hawks center has moved up to the No. 2 line

Updated: May 3, 2014, 10:01 PM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

CHICAGO -- If it weren't for the Hartford Whalers, chances are Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith wouldn't be playing hockey right now. And considering his important role as the team's new No. 2 center, on a line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks fans might want to thank the Whalers for the assist.

Smith, you see, comes from a family of musicians. His parents both went to the Juilliard School, one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world.

His ...

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