College Hockey News from CHN
April 23, 2018
by Sara Civian/CHN Reporter
BOSTON Sometimes the hardest part of leaving a place is leaving the person you were there with it.
When Dylan Sikura walks into Matthews Arena, he gets that person back for a while. He returned to campus last week after his pro debut — three assists in five games with the Chicago Blackhawks.
There’s tons of media there, in a hockeytown fighting to get its gusto back. At Matthews, though, hours before the Bruins’ round one matchup with his hometown Maple Leafs began, there’s just one. And even then, Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan let Sikura have it.
“You bring ‘em with you?,” he walked by and jabbed. “This Blackhawks radio, or Boston?”
Soft-spoken Sikura just kind of laughed before the next interruption. She was much smaller and younger than Madigan — no offense, Jim — but her jabs packed a bigger punch.
“He’s a famous hockey player now, you know that?,” someone asked her after she dodged him on a hug.
“No he isn’t.”
“He’s on the Chicago Blackhawks!”
He eventually got his hug, and you’ll forgive the Queen of Matthews Arena for keeping Sikura grounded. Sure, just days ago he was weaving through some of the NHL’s best, creating plays — that’s becoming his identity. But she seemed like the kind of gal who hangs out at Northeastern University more than the United Center, so she might think of Sikura as the skinny kid who was scratched in seven consecutive games on a “meh” 2014-15 Northeastern team.
His evolution from healthy scratch who sometimes questioned “if hockey is even for him,” to Hobey Baker Top 10, to seamless transition to an NHL roster is one of the most tangible cases for college hockey there is. Even better, where so many emerging talents leave after two …