|MICHAL KEMPNY, Blackhawks|
|FIRST NHL GOAL|
After playing the first half of his 20s in eastern Europe, Czech-born defenseman Michal Kempny was signed by the Blackhawks prior to the 2016-17 season. He played in 50 games with Chicago and scored his first NHL goal in his 25th.
Kempny had just come on the ice during a change and his momentum carried him to the top of the left circle. The always-alert Jonathan Toews spotted him and softly distributed the puck so that Kempny could one-time it while skating forward.
Kempny obliged by stepping into the puck and blasting it by Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, pinging the post in the process.
Toews immediately embraced his Blackhawks teammate, likely fully aware of the moment, and wrapped his arm around his shoulder. Kempny returned the gesture, patting Toews repeatedly on his back — no doubt a great debt of gratitude mixed in with the excitement of his first NHL goal.
|12/30/2016 vs. Carolina|