LANSING | One of the Blackhawks' biggest fan can relate to wearing pads, a helmet and a tough-as-nails persona.
He is not a hockey player, but has been knocked down a few times and has knocked a few people down in his day.
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas will be at the United Center tonight for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and will be wearing his Blackhawks sweater.
"No doubt they will win it," Thomas said Thursday afternoon at his skills camp at T.F. South High School. "They will win Saturday and if it comes back here for Game 7, which I hope it doesn't, I will be there."
Thomas actually scored a "hat trick" in February when he said he made three shots in a fan contest between periods. He shot on behalf of his iCAN Foundation, which helps fight childhood obesity by encouraging kids to exercise and eat properly.
The T.F. South and Illinois grad went wild when he hit the last shot and had his celebration planned.
"I said if I hit those shots, I was going to do like Vince Vaughn and Kevin James (in the movie 'The Dilemna')," Thomas said. "That was so funny that I had to do it. I just went wild and I was happy to raise money for my foundation."
Thomas has visited Blackhawks practices and was on the edge of his seat Wednesday when Boston took the lead.
"Nah, I wasn't nervous or worried," Thomas said. "I knew they would come back.
"Now, was I upset when they (Blackhawks) fell behind? Yes. Worried? No."
He said he is confident the Blackhawks will win tonight.
"I will be there screaming and cheering for them like everybody else," Thomas said. "It would be great for this city."