President Obama’s State of the Union address in January lasted an hour, but a few quick seconds of it could fundamentally transform the world and work of David Haussler ’75.
On the road, down a goal with a minute and a half to play, the Chicago Blackhawks appeared certain to lose Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals.
That is, until they tied the game on a goal with 1:16 left to play and scored what proved to be the game (and championship) winner just 17 seconds later.
No one saw that coming, except possibly the NHL team’s public relations director, Adam Rogowin ’03. He had a premonition from, of all things, his hotel room number.
Rogowin says 17 is his favorite number. It’s the number he wore when he played hockey for the Camels for four years, from1999-2003. He had traveled with the Blackhawks to Boston for Game 6 of the best-of-seven finals series, which Chicago led three games to two.
“Every time I see a 17 I think it means something great,” he said. “And at the team hotel I just happened to notice that my room number, 1169, if you added up the digits they made 17.”
To prove he didn’t make this story up after the two goals in 17 seconds, Rogowin said he joked about the room-number sum in a phone call to his wife, Jen, before the game.
“She told me to get a life.”
Rogowin, 33, grew up in Chicago rooting for the Blackhawks and has been a great-luck charm since joining the organization as a member of its media-relations department in 2008. In 2010 the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years.
An English and sociology major at Connecticut College, Rogowin completed a College-funded internship in New York City after his sophomore year, working in the office of Stan Fischler, a longtime print and TV hockey analyst and publisher of The Fischler Report. He followed that up the next summer by interning with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
After college Rogowin eventually landed a full-time job with the Wolves and spent four years with the minor-league team, the last two as director of media relations. The Wolves won the AHL championship his last year with the team.
Rogowin said one of his favorite parts of the championships has been sharing the experience with friends and family in Chicago.
“It’s hard to go anywhere and not be reminded of how fortunate I am to have such a great job.”
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