Vinnie Hinostroza does what he can to get on the ice for the Blackhawks quickly

CHICAGO – It was a chance to return home while also getting a shot to show his skills for a new team after a slow first half to the 2021 season.

So getting traded from the Panthers to the Blackhawks after playing just nine games in Florida was an opportunity Vinnie Hinostroza couldn’t wait to take advantage of once it became official on Saturday.

By driving and not flying from Fort Lauderdale, his quarantine time is shortened, allowing him to join the team by the start of Monday’s practice.

Hinostroza, a native of Barlett who is with his hometown team for the second time in his career, took the drive with his two dogs from Fort Lauderdale.

But Hinostroza will get his chance to prove himself right away on Tuesday night as he is on the third line with Dominik Kubalik and Philipp Kurachev.

I just want a good opportunity, a fair chance and I think with my hard work and the way I play I think I’ll be able to earn some time,” said Hinostroza.

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