ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) What makes the IceHogs so good during this year's Calder Cup Playoffs?
Some could argue the power play or rookie goalie Collin Delia, but maybe you can find that special something in the back pocket of Rockford announcer Joseph Zakrzewski.
"Here it is, it's a little two-tone rock with a nice little red edge to it and it was in a creek so it's worn down and smooth," said Zakrzewski. "I've always got it with me."
The unnamed male rock is the broadcasting coordinator's good-luck charm and during its lifetime, it has overseen an unbeaten run for the Hogs.
"I'm a creature of habit so I like to make sure I consistently do the same things that led to a successful broadcast, a successful trip, a successful whatever it is from the previous day and just build off of that," Zakrzewski said.
Many of his colleagues chuckled at the first sight of the California-born pebble, however, some are slowly turning into believers.
"I just received a note from one of those same co-workers like 'Hey, did you bring your rock with you on the Winnipeg trip?' Yeah, I brought that with me and that turned out well so you better believe I have that with me," said Zakrzewski.
While we may never find out if there is a correlation between the rock and Rockford's postseason success, Zakrzewski believes he's not the only crazy one trying to help his team to victory.
"There's always something lucky that we do that we feel directly affects the outcome of a scenario whether you sit in a certain spot on the couch, or you hold the remote in one hand or the phone in the other hand," Zakrzewski said. "We all have our own isms that we like to do. I think I'm just going to keep chugging along and bring my lucky rock along for the ride."
Game one of the Western Conference Finals against the Stars is Friday at 7 p.m.