As Kirby, Colton Dach prepare for NHL future together, Dale Dach amazed by their blossoming careers

From left, Hilary, Colton, Kirby, Callie and Dale Dach celebrate Kirby’s draft selection by the Blackhawks in 2019.

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As soon as his sons were old enough to skate, Dale Dach could tell they possessed a special talent for hockey.

But he didn’t want to let his imagination run wild.

‘‘You always see that glimmer, and you always hope,’’ he said. ‘‘You see that they’re at the high level of their peers. You have that thought in the back of your mind that they’re doing quite well and they picked it up very easily and they’re in love with the sport. But you never know. Nothing’s ever for sure.’’

Fifteen years or so later, Dale’s dreams for his sons have been proved wrong: They weren’t lofty enough.

Kirby Dach, now 21, has played 152 games in three NHL seasons and will be one of the young pillars around which the Blackhawks will shape their coming rebuild. Colton Dach, 19, had 79 points this season for the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets and, as the Hawks’ second-round pick in 2021, soon might join his older brother in Chicago.

The reality of what they’ve become is difficult for Dale to believe at times. It feels a bit more normal to Kirby and Colton, but they have Dale to thank for making it possible.

‘‘My dad has had a huge impact on my career,’’ Kirby said. ‘‘I wouldn’t be the same person or player if I didn’t have him as a father.’’

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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