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Look Inside the Blackhawks’ Equipment Room

Equipment manager Jimmy Heintzelman shows us where the skates get sharpened.

Behind every NHL team is a skein of other teams—doctors, publicists, and right behind the bench, equipment guys. It’s a team that Jimmy Heintzelman, 46, joined in 2009, when he came to the Blackhawks from the Rockford IceHogs and the Grand Rapids Griffins before that. “On a typical game day, I’ll work from 7 a.m. to midnight,” says Heintzelman, who does everything from sharpening skates to laundry for the squad. “The hours can be rough—but there’s nothing like seeing your name on that Cup.” Ahead of the ’Hawks first-round face-off with the Blues tonight, Heintzelman gave us a tour of the team’s equipment room.

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