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June 12, 2013

Beverly brothers living in enemy territory

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Rood has been to one Blackhawks game since he moved to Chicago and says it was one of the best sporting events he has ever attended.

“The year before (the Blackhawks) won the Cup in 2010 I started watching,” Rood said. “They got really good and I watched them more than the Bruins that year because I didn’t have the NHL Center Ice package or anything. The last couple years, the NHL Network has been good because the Bruins have been on a lot and I’ve been watching them more.”

Rood’s brother, Brendan Fullerton, moved to Chicago 10 months ago and has similar feelings about this series.

The 26-year-old, who was a standout baseball and hockey player at Beverly High, has also become a Blackhawks fan. He’ll still be rooting for the Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, but he won’t be rubbing it in anyone’s face or flaunting his allegiance with a Bruins sweater or hat.

“The guys (in Chicago) have been pretty cool about it, and they know I’m not going to act like an idiot,” said Fullerton, who intends to watch the games at a bar in his Chicago neighborhood. “My mother has called and said, ‘You guys better be careful.’ You can watch the game here and know it’s friendly; you’re not just some guy off the street.

“Obviously I want the Bruins to win, but it’s my two favorite teams so it’s pretty sweet.”

Rood has actually found it somewhat easier to watch Blackhawks’ games because he doesn’t feel the same level of stress.

“It’s totally different. I watch the Bruins and I’m having a heart attack; with the Blackhawks I can just chill,” Rood said. “It’s more enjoyable to watch the Hawks (where) I’m not living and dying with every play.”

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