After posting a career-low 20 goals and 52 points last season, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews put the pressure on himself this summer to improve and bounce back from three down seasons. And so far this season, Toews’ offseason work appears to be paying off. Toews has had an explosive start to the season, posting six points — the most he’s ever recorded through the first three games. That’s why it’s no surprise that he’s earned himself this week’s second star selection, which the NHL announced Monday. He shared the weekly accolade with Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who was named the first star, and Stars’ Ben Bishop, who was named the third. Toews, who hadn’t been awarded a star of the week honor by the NHL since Feb. 27, 2017, has seemingly returned to his prime. Through three games, the three-time Stanley Cup champion has scored five goals, including the overtime game winner on Saturday in St. Louis which completed his … [Read more...] about NHL names Jonathan Toews its 2nd star; is the Blackhawks captain back?
A lot of hockey players don’t actually watch a lot of hockey. When you live at the rink, and sit through daily film sessions, and toil through a 10-month season, watching other players play is usually the last thing NHL players want to do. But during the Stanley Cup playoffs this past spring, Jonathan Toews was watching. “Quite a bit,” he said before chuckling. “More than usual.” The Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, plummeting to last place thanks to Corey Crawford’s head injury, a shaky blue line and a drop in production from the likes of Toews and Brandon Saad. But seeing the expansion Vegas Golden Knights run roughshod over the Western Conference, and seeing the perennially disappointing Washington Capitals finally hoist the Stanley Cup served as stirring reminders for Toews that anything can happen. All you’ve got to do is get in. “It’s not only motivating, just to see how fast that play was, and to … [Read more...] about At 30 years old, Jonathan Toews trying to adopt a more youthful mindset, style
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tried to bring some positivity to Humboldt, the Saskatchewan town still mourning a bus accident that left 16 dead, by personally delivering game-worn jerseys from the Hawks’ recent game against the Jets to the recovering community. The sweaters were used on April 7 when the two squads played in Winnipeg. Toews was on hand Friday with the Jets’ Mark Chipman to deliver 50 signed game-worn jerseys to the Humboldt Broncos, the junior hockey team involved in the tragic accident. Ten players from the Broncos died along with their head coach, assistant coach, bus driver, athletic therapist, statistician and play-by-play broadcaster. Funerals for three of the victims, Adam Herold, Glen Doerksen and Jacob Leicht, are being held Friday. Toews was in attendance for Leicht’s funeral. The hockey community has rallied around Humboldt in countless ways since the terrible accident. A GoFundMe page to provide funds for the community has raised over … [Read more...] about Jonathan Toews visits Humboldt to donate game-worn jerseys to Broncos
Jonathan Toews keeps repeating himself, and not in a good way.Oh, he’s still taking the blame. That’s the way he has always been. That’s what captains do.But when the same things are said after repeated Blackhawks failures, it calls into question the ability to learn and change, a worrisome turn that breeds little confidence in players who’ve always proven to be quick learners.Let’s go back to 2017. In April, the eighth-seeded Predators swept the top-seeded Western Conference team that Toews captains. That epic fail followed a season in which Toews scored 21 goals, the fewest in a season in his career, and averaged 1.82 points per 60 minutes while skating five-on-five, according to NaturalStatTrick.com, the second-worst of his career.Coming off that sad chapter, Toews said this to the Tribune upon entering the 2017-18 season:“I put a lot of pressure on myself, especially these last couple of years,” Toews said. “I had expectations. And I … [Read more...] about Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews doesn’t sound like he has any answers
Pain. Hardship. Failure.Jonathan Toews cited those elements of this Blackhawks season Monday. Those are the lasting impressions weighing on him as he prepares to watch the postseason from home for the first time since the first year of his decorated 11-year career.“I guess you have to use those negative feelings the right way,” he said. “You have to realize, hey, I don’t want to go back down that same road, so you’re going to learn from it.”It’s fair to wonder whether the Blackhawks dynasty, and his career, depend on that.After all, Toews will turn 30 on April 29 after two straight seasons of decreased goal totals and shooting percentage. Given his importance to the Hawks’ past success, it’s only natural to connect that to the team’s recent downturn and wonder whether it can be reversed.Next season, then, will be pivotal to Toews’ longevity and, ultimately, his legacy. Will he decline and fade, and the team follow him? … [Read more...] about After off year, Jonathan Toews wonders: ‘Where does my game have to grow?’