What it doesn't have room for is Andrew Shaw.
Not officially, anyhow. Because on this day in early April, one week before the start of the playoffs, the Hawks' roster includes several late-season call-ups, thus exceeding the available locker space. When this happens, the young guys rotate through the available lockers.
So now, as his teammates change at their respective stalls, Shaw sits smack in the middle of the lockerroom on a padded, foldaway
"I'm the youngest guy, a rookie," he says with a laugh. "I guess [assistant equipment manager] Clint [Reif] decided it would be funny to put me in the middle. But I don't mind. I get to talk to everybody."
Indeed. While he is a fan favorite, Shaw is just as popular with his co-workers and employers as he is his paying admirers. He enters the lockerroom after practice and immediately gives fellow forward
Despite Shaw's natural aggression and his claim that he's "not a pretty goal guy," he has shown a penchant for puck-handling. On March 18 against the
And his first
"I envisioned scoring in my first game," Shaw said, "but not on my first shot. When that went in, I was overwhelmed with joy."
That joy is evident in all aspects of Shaw, on and off the ice.
"He's a little ball of energy," Bickell said. "He puts his body on the line all the time. "
But thus far, Shaw's first playoff experience has been a downer. Held scoreless in Game 1, Shaw collected more penalty minutes in Game 2 than ice time, a result of his behind-the-net charge on Phoenix goaltender
In a series comprised entirely of overtime games, the Hawks fell into a 3-1 series deficit with Shaw watching before capturing Game 5 Saturday night in Phoenix on the stick of captain
Toews' absence meant an increased workload for Shaw who, over his final eight regular-season games, averaged 17.5 minutes of ice time, up from 14.6 during his first stint when he and Toews were active together.
They'll be together again Monday at the
"It was unbelievable," he said. "Once it went in, the joy on his face is one thing I strive to accomplish in my life."
Even scoring the goal?
"I don't know about scoring the goal. But maybe being a part of the celebration after, yes."
He watched that game in his family's cottage in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, and it's a quaint scene to imagine, the future star with Mom and Dad and a group of friends, watching his future teammate score a Cup-winning goal. Now the two men share a locker room, Shaw a valued member of a
As for his place in the locker room?
"I'm happy where I am," he said, looking confident and relaxed in the post-practice hustle. "I'd sit in this chair for 15 years if I could."