Teuvo Teravainen skating back in Rockford, Feb 14, 2015 vs Oklahoma City
Photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs
By Chris Block
The afternoon after an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks, 20-year old Teuvo Teravainen got the call all rookie players dread.
“After practice Quenneville called me and said what was happening,” Teravainen recounted.
The news Joel Quenneville relayed was that Teravainen was being sent back to the minors. After 15 games, 2 goals and 4 total points, Quenneville informed Teravainen that he would be trading in his number 86 Blackhawks sweater for a Rockford IceHogs, number 21, at least for the time being.
“He told me to just get some ice time (in Rockford). Play my game. Try to be dominant on the ice. Play good. That’s all. Have some fun.”
It was a disappointing development for the confident Finnish center, but Teravainen isn’t allowing the demotion to get him down.
“Of course my goal is to be up [in Chicago], but right now I’m [in Rockford] and I’m trying to help this team out.”