Curt Rallo | September 23, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
Former University of Notre Dame hockey player Stephen Johns walked into the Fighting Irish locker room designated for Chicago Blackhawks players during their weekend training camp at the Compton Family Ice Arena wearing a black t-shirt adorned with artwork of the feathers from the fabled Blackhawks' logo.
One word was emblazoned on the shirt--Strength.
Johns continued Saturday afternoon to display the strength he has to carve out a career in the National Hockey League with another impressive showing in the Blackhawks' session at Notre Dame. Johns highlighted his effort by dishing to Blackhawks' star Jonathan Toews for a goal during a scrimmage.
Strength turned out to be an appropriate word for Johns to be wearing on his t-shirt. Toews, who has helped the Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, said Johns' strength as a defenseman has been a major asset in his quest to earn an NHL paycheck.