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Skating Towards a Dream

UNO's Broadhurst Flies Under the Radar as One of Nation's Best

by Lauren D'Antonio/CHN Reporter

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to inspire one to greatness. With Terry Broadhurst, all it took was a broken stick someone gave him at his father’s baseball game. The rest is history.

Terry Broadhurst, a native of Orland Park, Ill., is the captain of Nebraska-Omaha. He has always had a passion for the wonderful game of hockey, one that has made him a dark horse Hobey Baker Award candidate this season.

“I’d watch the Blackhawks when I was younger and I kind of just fell into it," Broadhurst said. "I think the passion for the game is what always kept me in it and kept me working hard. I’ve just been fortunate enough to have some good opportunities and have had people help me along the way.”

Many opportunities have been coming Broadhurst’s way. He’s been at the Blackhawks' rookie camp the past few summers and things have gone well. In 2010, Broadhurst led the prospect camp in points with 4 goals and 3 assists. He clearly shined among all the hopefuls there. Broadhurst would love to eventually play for his hometown team, but ultimately his goal is to just play in the NHL.

“We’ll start there, but I mean if I could play for my hometown team that would be great," Broadhurst said. "And as far as the dream goes, yeah I definitely think it’s obtainable.”

Hockey legend Mark Messier once said, “As a captain, I think it's important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad.”

It is evident Broadhurst strives to be a good leader on and off the ice. He is a firm believer in leading by example. Every game he tries to set a standard for his teammates to follow.

“I have the mentality that if I work hard and take care of the right things, the opportunities will come and the success will come. My goal is also to have a strong season, be off to a strong start and to produce at a high level,” he said.

Broadhurst has been doing exceptionally well at this. Coming in at 6-feet and 170 pounds, he already has 25 points in his 24 games played this season. He credits his ease on the ice to his exceptional speed.

“My speed is definitely a big attribute," he said. "When I was younger, I was always smaller than everybody, so I kind of had to learn how to get away from everybody real quick. I don’t think there are any secrets to that.”

He is definitely doing better than last year. In his sophomore year, Broadhurst’s season was shortened due to injuries. However, he still registered a career high with 11 goals and 19 assists in 30 games.

The hockey gods must have smiled favorably down on the Broadhurst family, for Broadhurst’s younger brother, Alex, was selected by the Blackhawks in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Alex, a forward, is set to play at UNO next season. Both of the Broadhurst brothers hope that they will eventually be able to play with each other, whether that is at Nebraska-Omaha or the NHL.

Nebraska-Omaha is working hard towards every college hockey team’s dream of making it to the Frozen Four. And for all the program has accomplished so far in 13 seasons, it hasn't done that. With players like Broadhurst in the lineup, it wouldn’t be surprising if they did.

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