Hawks Talk Superstitions On Media Day

Players plan to keep same routines going into Stanley Cup Finals

The Chicago Blackhawks faced a throng of reporters Tuesday at the official Media Day at the United Center.

You don't have to look past their scruffy beards to see that this is a superstitious bunch, and you'd better believe they're keeping the same routines before Wednesday's Game 1 Stanley Cup matchup versus the Boston Bruins.

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is so superstitious, he won't reveal what he's superstitious about.

For Viktor Stalberg it's all about eating at the same restaurant the night before a game, which River North's Osteria Via Stato certainly doesn't mind.

Speaking of food, the international horde of press packing the United Center is certainly keeping track of the players' go-to meals.

"Marion Hossa's favorite dish is a Polish dish actually -- it's peirogies," Polvision reporter Daniel Bociaga told NBC 5.

For Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp it's all about having their family around during the playoffs.

"I guess one thing I do is give my girl a kiss on the lips before I leave the house before every home game," Sharp said.

The only person not superstitious in the Madhouse? Coach Joel Quenneville.

"I try to stay away from the superstitions. I used to have them as a player but it's tough to get through a day as a coach," Quenneville said.

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