Chicago Blackhawks wives and babies: Behind-the-scenes with hockey families


Zuzana Handzus

Husband: #26 Michal Handzus, Center

Kid: Tomas, 19 months

What is Michal like as a dad? I think he's very responsible, maybe more than I am. He's a very good dad. He cares a lot about the little one. He doesn't have any problems doing the diaper changes or helping with any other responsibilities. So I cannot complain. I'm very happy to have him around.

What has been the hardest part of being far from home? I think we miss our families. It would be much more fun to have them around and to share Tomas' first steps with them and his first words. And also it's a very big help when you have family around; you don't have to get a babysitter all the time.

How have you adjusted? For us, it's hard to adjust to the winter in Chicago. With the wind blowing so hard and the cold being so bad, it's hard to get outside with a baby. We don't have much stuff to do inside and staying home all the time is not as much fun.

Do your families visit ever? Yeah, they come sometimes. My mom was here for two weeks and Michal's mom was here for a month. So they get to come here, but it's hard to fly in for just a few days. It's like a 12-hour flight and the time difference is seven hours, so it's hard.

Tomas just skated for the first time. How did that go? He got to have figure skating skates, which is funny because Michal started as a figure skater and then he switched to hockey. Tomas had so much fun. He loves hockey; he loves to watch hockey; he loves to play with the hockey sticks at home. So he enjoyed it.

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