A seismic week: Extraordinary 72 hours stun Chicago sports world – Chicago Tribune

As Blackhawks first-round draft pick Henri Jokiharju entered a room full of reporters late Friday night at the United Center, he felt someone grab his arm.

Jonathan Toews wanted to pull Jokiharju aside briefly to do what good captains do. Toews made eye contact. Then he left a lasting impression.

“They will give you my number so call me if you need anything at all,” Toews told the 18-year-old who appeared in awe of his future teammate.

What a week it was for memorable hellos and goodbyes in Chicago, a sports city that went on a three-day bender so wild it still has some of our heads spinning. It all offered a sobering reminder that nothing lasts forever in professional sports, so savor every moment watching your favorite hometown athletes before they are thanking you on Instagram on the way to their new destinations. Somewhere, Chris Sale and Jay Cutler nod in agreement. And Alshon Jeffery says hi.


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