LOS ANGELES — It’s safe to say that Jamie Kompon’s resume looked a little more appealing to the Chicago Blackhawks with "Stanley Cup Champion" on it.
After the Kings took home the hardware with Kompon behind the bench as an assistant coach, he was sure to be a hot commodity going into the 2012-13 season. Sure enough, Joel Quenneville added him to his staff last month, with Chicago only two seasons removed from putting a championship banner in the rafters themselves.
But when ECHL.com last caught up with Kompon, he could only focus on his most recent triumph. After all, it was on the ice at the Staples Center in the midst of a wild celebration.
"It’s surreal," Kompon said. "It’s not going to sink in, and I hope it never does. This is an unbelievable feeling and an unbelievable moment, and I’ll never forget this."
Kompon’s even-keel demeanor can only benefit the Blackhawks this season. Even in the moment, chasing the Cup never seemed too big of a task for the former ECHL defenseman.
"You know what, it’s just another game," he said of the Kings Cup-clinching Game 6. "We treated it (that way) all along, we kept our heads about ourselves, we said it was just another game and we’ve got to play a little harder every time. Every shift’s got to be harder and better and stronger, and that was our approach the whole playoffs."
Kompon played in 49 games for three different teams — Hampton Roads, Cincinnati and Winston-Salem — in the ECHL’s infancy over 20 years ago. Now, he finds himself with his name on the greatest trophy in all of sports.
"You’ve got to stay close to your roots and stay grounded, because otherwise it gets away from you," Kompon said. "You never want it to get away from you."