It’s rare when a single family member makes it to the professional level of their desired sport. It’s even more rare when two reach that dream. Older brother Terry Broadhurst (25) and younger brother Alex Broadhurst (21) are doing just that. Natives of Orland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, are living out their childhood dreams of playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks selected Alex in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 199th overall. In his only season with the London Knights of the OHL, Alex registered 63 points in 65 games. In 2012, the Hawks signed Terry after his 2011 campaign with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavricks. Terry had 36 points in his sophomore and final season at UNO. The two brothers spent this past season playing together for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.
In Rockford, the Broadhurst brothers played on the same line for much of the season, seemingly feeding off of each others success. Alex played in 75 games this season with 16 goals and 29 assists, totaling 45 points. Terry played in 73 games with 16 goals and 28 assists. He finished one point behind his younger brother with 44.
Alex is a left-handed center with great vision on the ice and is a force at the faceoff dot. Terry is a left-handed winger who also possesses great vision and speed that can beat defensemen on the outside. Playing together on the same line fit like a glove. The two always found each other and were the reasons for many overtime and power play goals. The Broadhursts experienced a lot of personal success playing together. Both brothers were recalled to Chicago during the season, but neither saw any ice time at the NHL level.
Expect to see the Broadhurst brothers stay in the AHL for another season, maybe two. There is a lot of young talent in the Blackhawks’ system, so it will be hard to see consistent ice time. Both could be valuable trade pieces in the the years to come, so do not think a trade would be out of the question. Both have the talent and potential to make it to the NHL. Will that be with the Blackhawks? No one knows for certain, but everyone should catch a Rockford IceHog game and watch these brothers perform together. It is a rare sight to see.