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'17 Seconds' screening gives Hawks Fans a thrill

Daily Herald ~ January 26, 2014

 By: Matt Arado, Daily Herald
January 26, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.

Jolene Peck could not have been happier with "17 Seconds," an hour documentary film about the Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup championship.

"It was amazing!" said Peck, who lives in Mount Prospect. "It was so much fun to watch all that, to see what the players went through."

Peck was part of a packed (and enthusiastic) house that watched the film Sunday afternoon at Classic Cinemas in Elk Grove Village. The screening, presented by the Daily Herald and the Blackhawks, included appearances by Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough and legendary former Blackhawks player and coach Denis Savard, who signed autographs after the film. The event was hosted by veteran Chicago broadcaster Chet Coppock.

"17 Seconds," directed by Patrick Dahl, recaps the deciding victory in last year's thrilling Stanley Cup championship series between the Hawks and the Boston Bruins. The series ended when the Hawks scored 2 goals in a stunning 17-second span late in Game 6 to reclaim the Cup, which the Hawks last won in 2010.

From there, the film follows select members of the team — Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell and Patrick Sharp among them — as they bring the cup to their hometowns and share it with the people who helped them make it to the NHL.

Blackhawks fan Ben Abraham of Glenview, said he loved the more personal focus of the film.

"It was really good, and I liked how it went more in-depth about the players off the ice, rather than just giving us the on-ice moments," he said.

Allison Valerio said she found the 2013 championship run even more fun than the Blackhawks' 2010 title.

"I thought it was more exciting because there were times when I didn't think the team would make it," she said, alluding to the Hawks' grueling 7-game playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, which the Hawks won after going down 3 games to 1. "So it was great seeing this movie. It got me a little emotional."

Both McDonough, who lives in Elk Grove Village, and Savard promised the fans that 2013 won't be the final word from this Blackhawks team.

"The depth of this team is remarkable," Savard said. "The regular season is a marathon, and I think we'll be there (in the playoffs) at the end of the day."

The Daily Herald has partnered with the Blackhawks to present four screenings of "17 Seconds." The other screenings are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9, at Charlestowne 18 theater, 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles; Sunday, Feb. 16, at Fox Lake Theatre, 115 Town Centre Lane, Fox Lake; and Saturday, Feb. 22 at York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst. All are sold out. Proceeds from the screenings will benefit Blackhawks Charities, American Indian Center and Classic Cinema Variety Club.

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