Media day can be a pretty crazy feeling for players. There are a ton of people around from a ton of different media outlets, and each player has a different perspective on things given their history. Some have been to the Cup Final before, but most haven't. Here's what some of the Blackhawks said about the atmosphere on Thursday...
Marian Hossa, who's been to the Final in three straight years:
Obviously, it's very interesting being three times with three different teams. It is a really interesting situation. Really unique. I really hope so. This is the time, definitely want to win this time, and being in the Finals, definitely want to touch the trophy. The truth is, this is the third time doing this type of interview. So could get easily used to it. But I want to make sure we're in a better finish this time.
Well, this is it. Obviously this is the big show. It's gotten bigger and bigger every series. You can tell. The series against Vancouver, playing a Canadian team there's always going to be a lot of media attention in Canada. This is the ultimate thing. The entire hockey world is watching this. These are the type of games you love to play in. It's a fun thing to be a part of.
Right now it's setting in, to be honest with you. It almost feels like it's back at the All Star game in Montreal, when everyone had their little podium and a lot of media outlets around, too. So it's a huge deal. Seems like it's bigger than the Olympics to me right now, to be honest with you. It's going to be a long series. It's not just one game.
And we look at our team, we're really excited about the guys we have. It's going to be exciting. How could it not be? The city's on fire. You walk around Chicago and everyone's rooting for the Blackhawks, everyone's expecting good things. So hopefully we can give it to them.