'CSI' Star Spends Time with Hockey While Writers' Strike Continues
'CSI' Star Spends Time with Hockey While Writers' Strike Continues
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
When William Petersen isn't busy unveiling the circumstances behind mysterious crimes as Gil Grissom on CSI, he focuses his attention to sports, particularly in hockey.  The 54-year-old actor has been a longtime fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team since he was a child and continues to take pleasure in watching the action on ice up until now.

In an interview with the Sun-Times, Petersen vividly relived the Hawks' glory days and recalled his first encounter with ice hockey.

''I went to my first hockey game when I was 10,'' Petersen told the Sun-Times. ''Against the Red Wings…My brother picked me up.  It was a Sunday night game.  He got a ticket…came by the house, picked me up, said, 'We're going to Chicago Stadium.'  It was unbelievable.  It was Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita.  It was Glenn Hall.  The game was 4-4, and the Hawks won with 10 seconds left in regulation…You never forget your first game.''

Since experiencing his first hockey game, Petersen has tried to attend as many games as he would like, though his CSI schedule doesn't always allow it.  On the other hand, the writers' strike is still ongoing, which means that he'll possibly have more time to enjoy the sport since there aren't any CSI episodes left to be filmed.

''What's exciting is as I try to get more time away from there and more time back here, the Hawks are all of a sudden playing great hockey.  With the writers' strike, I may be able to come back in January and see them because I don't think we're going to be working,'' the CSI actor said.

Meanwhile, CSI fans are left with reruns of the forensic drama for who knows how long.  CBS will be airing “Go To Hell” tonight, “The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp” for next Thursday, and “The Chick Chop Flick Shop” for the week after that.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: The Sun-Times
(Image courtesy of billypetersen.com)