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Oct. 17, 2015, vs. Colum­bus “I was re­ally ner­vous, be­ing a young guy,” Hinostroza said. “I don’t re­mem­ber who it was against, but it was re­ally fun and ex­cit­ing and re­ally loud and ev­ery­thing I ever dreamed of.”

‘Not too flashy’

When you get right down to it, what qual­i­ties do all Chicago-bred play­ers share?

“Def­i­nitely hard-work­ing,” Hinostroza said. “Noth­ing’s re­ally given to you as a young kid around here. Just hard work and ded­i­ca­tion and be­ing mo­ti­vated is what’s go­ing to get you to the next level al­ways.”

Dar­ling took it a step fur­ther, at­tribut­ing such traits to a larger re­gion.

“It’s not just a Chicago thing but a Mid­west thing; [they’re] blue-col­lar, hard­work­ing [play­ers],” he said. “You look at the way Vin­nie and Hartsy play, they’re 100 per­cent all the time, go­ing into the cor­ners, they’re gritty play­ers. I think it’s kind of the per­sona of the Mid­west. Not too flashy. We get the job done and work hard.”

Ol­czyk, mean­while, said play­ers from the area un­der­stand the big­ger pic­ture and that he and the play­ers who came af­ter him never would have made it on their own. “[Chicago play­ers] know how im­por­tant the fab­ric of the game is in our com­mu­nity,” he said. “I think guys take a lot of pride in rep­re­sent­ing not only the teams and cities that they play for, but they’re Chicago guys and they al­ways will be. Whether it’s talk­ing about this rink or that rink or the score­board or the locker room, the sto­ries are all the same and guys can all re­late to ev­ery­thing that’s taken place. [They’re] proud of where they’re from and not for­get­ting the peo­ple and the teams and the coaches and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that were al­lowed for them to get where they are to­day.”


Vin­nie Hinostroza (left) and Ryan Hart­man

Vin­nie Hinostroza GETTY IM­AGES

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