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Deadline drama gets newest Hawk on ice
Thursday wasn't your typical day for Brandon Bochenski.
What began as just another bus ride in the minor leagues ended with a trade and nearly 10 minutes of ice time with his new NHL club.
"I've never experienced anything like this before," Bochenski said after his new team, the Blackhawks, fell to the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 before an announced crowd of 10,119 at the United Center.
Bochenski was headed to Manchester, N.H., with his Binghamton teammates when he learned he had been traded from the Senators to the Hawks for center Tyler Arnason.
The bus took a detour and dropped off Bochenski at the Hartford airport for a flight to Chicago. The flight was delayed and he didn't arrive at O'Hare until 7:10 p.m. He arrived at the United Center after the first period, dressed and before he knew it was on the ice.
He played 8 minutes 56 seconds in the final two periods but was a minus-1, being on the ice when Antti Laaksonen scored the game-winner at 8:14 of the second period.
"The first couple of shifts were painful," Bochenski said. "I was about to fall down there a couple of times."
Bochenski began the season in Ottawa and had six goals in 20 games before being injured. He was sent down and never found his way back.
"I got buried in Ottawa's organization," Bochenski said. "This is my first chance to really get some good playing time."
In Binghamton, Bochenski had 20 goals and 21 assists in 32 games.
The Hawks also recalled Milan Bartovic and Matt Cullen to make up for the loss of the traded Arnason, Todd Simpson and Jim Dowd. Bartovic arrived in time, Cullen didn't.
"That's the way it works with the trade deadline, players are coming from all over," Hawks coach Trent Yawney said.