Northeastern senior Dylan Sikura had the eyes of Chicago Blackhawks fans on him all season. As seen in “Signing Sikura,” a video produced by the Blackhawks, the organization’s cameras were on him as well.
The Blackhawks offered Sikura a contract after his 57-point junior season, but the Aurora, Ontario, native opted to return to school for his senior year. That led to speculation that he may become a free agent and sign elsewhere, but as Sikura says in the video, joining Chicago was always the goal.
Before then, he led the Huskies to the Beanpot championship and a return to the NCAA Tournament. He was a Hobey Baker finalist, alongside linemate and eventual Hobey winner Adam Gaudette, and was headed to Chicago shortly after Northeastern’s season ended.
“I’m going to miss this for sure,” Sikura says in the video. “The environment, the atmosphere around here, it’s awesome.”
The NHL, however, was waiting. And the video captures just how excited the Blackhawks are about the future for the sixth-round draft pick who has developed into a potential star.
“These are the guys you get excited about because you’ve invested a lot of time in them,” general manager Stan Bowman says. “We think Dylan has a chance to be a real special player for us.”
Watch the full video here for Sikura’s path from Huntington Ave. to the Windy City: