He was an enforcer, an instigator, agitator, and all of the words in the dictionary that describe a fighter. He was never really a goal scorer, but when he did, it always lifted my spirits and brightened up my days, which was hard to do but every single time I watched him play, I always had a smile on my face. Smiling whenever Bur was on my television was never hard to come by. Considering he was the only person able to make me smile for a very long time. ￼
I guess with any letter or story, one should start at the beginning. For me, that was December 23rd, 2008, when I received my first ever Blackhawks jersey, a Patrick Kane one if we want to go into specifics. Anyway, I was formally introduced to Adam Burish through the 2009 Winter Classic and it honestly was the best thing to ever happen in my (now) 19 years of life.
Unfortunately, the year the Hawks won the Cup, was the summer Adam signed with Dallas. I do not think I have ever been more broken-hearted in my life than when I found out he signed with the Sharks in 2012 and in that exact moment. However, my first ever NHL game was the Stars versus the Blackhawks, and Adam was on the visiting side. I still talk about that game like it was yesterday, when in reality, it was six years ago. My next game was a Champs for Charity game that Adam hosted, and scored a goal in. And where was I in the moment that he pulled a Slapshot celly? Well, my dad sent me to get snacks for my three younger brothers and himself, so ever since then, I've never missed a goal by any player ever.
￼As the years went by, life got hectic for me personally, but I still found time to watch him play on the Sharks. That was until he got sent down to the Worcester Sharks, then got loaned to the Chicago Wolves in January of 2015. In February, the 4th, to be exact, he had a signing in Buffalo Grove. I knew it was my chance to tell him how he was my favorite player, but when I got to the place (thanks to my mom), all I could say was a "Hi my name is Delia." He was so sweet and that's where this picture comes into play.
￼After his season with the Wolves ended, he wasn't offered a contract, so he went overseas to Sweden and played for the Lakers and the Redhawks, which again, broke my heart, until I found out that he retired, and was going to be at the 2016 Blackhawks Convention. I bought my three day pass and knew that there was the slight chance I would meet him again. Not only did I meet him again once, but twice in that one weekend! Which is where these pictures come from:
On New Year's Eve, I got to see him play for the Alumni Game in St. Louis, which made my heart sing, especially when he got two shots on goal! He's my favorite in every sense of the term, so happy New Year and happy birthday Adam. May this year be the best year yet!
Your Number One Fan in Chicago and the chick who always tweets about you!
Or, better known as Delia. :)
ps. Thanks for the follow back on twitter!