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Oswego Native Meets Blackhawks Star Hiking Through Peru

Jul 27, 2015 12:33PM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego native Ryan Adorjan (left) meets Chicago Blackhawks Center Jonathan Toews hiking through Peru. (Submitted photo)


Exploring the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru could easily be considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Meeting your "hockey hero" while hiking around one of the world’s Seven Wonders, well, that’s just icing on the cake. That’s what just happened to Oswego native Ryan Adorjan Monday when he came across Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews among the ruins. 

“I saw him earlier in the day and recognized him right away, but he was kind of walking away so I didn't get a chance to say anything,” Adorjan said. “About 4 hours later, my friend and I were getting ready to leave, but decided to loop around to see a part of Machu Picchu one more time. When we came around a corner, there he was! He was with his girlfriend and a guide, so we kind of waited until the guide was done with his speech, and when they were moving away I swooped in.”

Even though Toews was a little surprised to be recognized in Peru, Adorjan said he was “humble, genuine” and spoke to his group for a few minutes. 

“He was just happy to meet us. He was asking more questions about us and our lives than we were about him,” said Adorjan, who has been in Peru for nine weeks studying Spanish as part of his studies at Mundelein Seminary.

Adorjan was even more impressed when the star suggested getting the group’s photograph with the ruins in the background. 

“He’s definitely my hockey hero and to have had such an incredible encounter only makes him cooler,” Adorjan said. 

Though he’s been thousands of miles from Chicago for the past three months, Adorjan said he was able to watch the Hawks clinch the Stanley Cup at an American Bar in Peru’s capital of Lima. He will return to Oswego on Wednesday.