Last year they took their dads on a road trip, this year it's their moms. But according to an article in the Tribune, most of the Blackhawks players and coaches will be taking their moms with them on their road trip to Los Angeles where they will play the Ducks on Sunday and the Kings on Monday.
Among the moms who will fly with the team in the chartered plane are Andree Gilbert, Jonathan Toews' mother, Ewa Hjalmarsson, Donna Kane and Gloria Quenneville. It is especially meaningful to Hjalmarsson who was back home recovering from a stroke when her son, Niklas, was on the ice helping the Hawks win the Stanley Cup.
Most hockey teams have a "Dad's Road Trip" to help promote bonding, but according to Quenneville, Blackhawks team president Johbn McDonough came up with the idea to do a Mom's Road Trip this year. And it's about time. How many hours have those mothers put in for years taking their kids to and from hockey practices and games? It's about time their efforts were recognized and rewarded.
Aside from the two games, the mothers will be treated to a shopping tour on Rodeo Drive and "posh" meals.
We at Deep Dish would like to know if the moms will let "Coach Q" do the coaching, or if they will try to get on the bench to help.