Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach removes social media from phone to block noise – NBC Chicago
Why Kirby Dach deleted social media from the phone originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
When you’re a first pick in an NHL draft, there’s naturally pressure to meet those expectations. Internally, that’s one thing. Outwardly is another.
For example, no one puts more pressure on Kirby Dach than Kirby Dach himself. He’s convinced he can be a great player, but gets frustrated when he doesn’t live up to his own high standards, perhaps because of a foul.
But when you mix in the fact that it was ranked No. 3 overall by an Original Six franchise that has a passionate fanbase, it’s hard to block out the noise. In an effort to do so, however, Dach revealed on Saturday that he deleted social media from his phone in late December to try to stay away from it all.
“I just felt like it was something I wanted to try and I started having good games afterwards,” Dach said. “After that first week of deletion, you kind of stop using your phone. That was good.”
Mentally, Dach said he saw the benefits.
“It’s a nice break,” Dach said. “Obviously you miss the news and what’s going on and stuff because that’s how you get it these days, but I enjoyed it. I like the break.”
Blackhawks interim head coach Derek King has admitted he doesn’t have to worry about social media as a player. Sometimes he read the paper, but it wasn’t too hard to ignore.
This is no longer the case nowadays.
“Nowadays they read too much into it,” King said. “I used to read the papers a bit the next day after a game. I only read them after I had scored a few goals because if you didn’t there was a bit of negativity: ‘King must wake up, it’s gotta be better. And it can get to you a little bit.
“And then you have these fans who yelp at you when you come off the ice or in the parking lot, but this social media thing takes it to another level. I can see that bothering kids, especially young ones kids. Maybe it’s a smart move, more guys should do it, just kind of put their social media stuff on hold during the season.”
Perhaps one of the reasons it feels like Dach has more weight on his shoulders than anyone else in the 2019 class is that the draft really started with the Blackhawks pick. Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko were the slam dunk picks for #1 and #2. There was no debate.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks had a group of players to choose from at No. 3. There were legitimately about eight or nine players who could have been taken there and no one would have blinked.
So of course you want to repay the deductible by proving to them that they made the right choice over the rest. And you’ll do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means adjusting your game to play a bigger role in different ways, whether it’s producing on offense or becoming a player. reliable two-way stop type.
“You look around the league, the Aleksander Barkov, Patrice Bergeron, Sean Couturier, Ryan Getzlaf, Mark Scheifele, those types of players,” Dach said. “Obviously they all put on numbers and they’re in their own roles and in their primes. I’m freshly 21 and still trying to find my own rhythm.
“It’s been three years of ups and downs. These guys who are so great in every little detail of the game. That’s where I want to take my game, not necessarily scoring 100 points every year, but being able to ‘stop other lines and have that challenge every night. I thrive on that.