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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw eager to win a Cup for veterans Handzus, Rozsival & Mayers
At 21 years old, Andrew Shaw is aware of the moment, and ready for it.
‘‘It’s the Cup,’’ Shaw said Monday after the Blackhawks practiced at the United Center in anticipation of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. ‘‘We’ve battled all year. This is what we’ve dreamed of as a kid. We’ve got to go out there and seize the moment.’’
Few Hawks if any have enjoyed the process of the Hawks’ playoff run more than the excitable Shaw. But he sounded as if he were more interested in winning the Cup for his older teammates than himself. He’s aware that defenseman Michal Rozsival (852 NHL games), forward Michal Handzus (1,041) and (990) have played in the NHL for a long time without winning the Cup.
‘‘We have to play to the best of our abilities and compete — especially for those guys like Mayers, Rozsival and Handzus, those guys have been in the league a very long time and haven’t won a Cup. It just show that your career goes by really fast and you’ve got to work for everything you get and compete for that Cup every chance you get.’’
Shaw knows there’s no telling when he will get this opportunity again. But he also knows that Mayers, Rozsival and Handzus will have even fewer opportunities than him.
‘‘It would be great [to win for them],’’ Shaw said. ‘‘To see the big smile on their faces — it would be unbelievable. You see in the past, the older guys that have won the Cup in their last year or one of their last years. You see the excitement on their face — they look like a little kid at Christmas. It’s something they’ve worked for their whole career. You don’t want to see them go home empty-handed.’’