Hawks' win inspires young hockey players

June 10, 2010 (CHICAGO)

The Chicago Mission has the winning hardware to prove it, and now bragging rights for one of their own. Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien played in the league and it is probably safe to say it helped make him the player he is today.

"He's a pro and that shows that if I play here I have a chance to get to the pros," said Daniel Warpecha, hockey player.

The Chicago Mission recently took second place in the national championship in their division but their coach Chris Michael is still proud. Michael played junior hockey in Green Bay with Blackhawks forward Adam Burish.

"He is a great guy off the ice, I've kept in touch with him so it was a lot of fun watching him raise that Stanley Cup yesterday," said Michael.

Michael says there is a lot of talent in the group of young men.

"I got a couple of Burishes. They like to stir the pot a little bit which is great. It's the game of hockey, that's the way it's supposed to be played. Whether they're going to turn out to be that, who knows, I'm not the guy that's going to tell them no," said Michael.

For Adam Marsh, it's in his blood - literally. His dad Pete Marsh played with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1980s, so this victory felt like it was his own.

"The game last night meant so much to me. And I am just so proud of all those players down there," said Pete Marsh. "I thought it was great that they won in overtime," said Adam Marsh.

Adam says his favorite part about playing hockey is winning and scoring goals. Pete Marsh is just happy the series didn't go to a game seven because he's not so sure the outcome would have been the same.

The Chicago Mission plans to celebrate with the rest of the fans at the parade and rally downtown Friday.

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