Hockey player and captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) since 2008, Canadian Jonathan Toews is a professional ice hockey player. Toews revealed in October 2020 that he had been unwell since August, keeping him out of action for the team.
There has been a rumor that Toews is struggling with a mental health issue, but no official information has been released. Since then, Toews has been transparent about his experiences and vocal about the importance of raising awareness about mental health.
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Jonathan Toews Illness
Due to sickness, center Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks will miss both of his team’s games this weekend.
Today is his sixth consecutive day not skating. Hawks hope to have him back Tues in Montréal.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 10, 2023
Although the Blackhawks have not yet provided any information regarding Toews’ ailment, it is difficult to rule out the possibility that it is connected to COVID. The Blackhawks have not made it clear that his current condition is connected to the chronic immune response disease that caused him to miss the full of the 2020–21 season.
It’s also possible that it’s more of a preventative measure relating to the trade deadline, though once more, the Blackhawks would likely say that it has that to do with it rather than a medical issue. Toews is in high demand by this deadline because he was listed as the fifth trade target on Frank Seravalli’s most recent list of trade targets.
The Blackhawks were scheduled to play the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, who are Toews’ home team, and the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. The Blackhawks are hoping that Toews will be ready for Tuesday’s game in Montreal despite the fact that he hasn’t skated in six days.
Toews is currently on pace to outperform last season, despite the fact that his production is significantly below what it once was. After posting just 12 goals, 15 assists, and 37 points in 71 games in 2021–22, all career lows for the center, he currently has 14 goals, 14 assists, and 28 points in 46 games.
As the third-overall pick in the 2006 draught, Toews has played his entire 15-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, including 14 as team captain. In 2010, 2013, and 2015, he helped the team win three Stanley Cup victories.
The primary reason the Blackhawks are trying to trade him at the trade deadline is that he is entering the final year of an eight-year contract with a $10.5 million cap cost and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agency at the conclusion of the season.
While Toews is a crucial element of the Blackhawks, it won’t necessarily interfere with their present strategies because they are now operating in full-tank mode. They presently have a 15-29-5 record, are second-to-last in the NHL, and have dropped four of their previous five games.
Jonathan Toews’s Personal Life
Bryan Toews, an electrician at the University of Manitoba, and Andrée Gilbert, a Sainte-Marie, Quebec, native who served as the managing director and financial specialist for a credit union in the Winnipeg area before retiring to manage Toews’ media relations, welcomed Jonathan into the world. He is bilingual and speaks both French and English with ease.
David, Toews’ brother, started his freshman year at the University of North Dakota in 2008-09. David attended Shattuck-Saint Mary’s as well. Basketball player Kai Toews, his cousin, plays professionally. Toews and former teammate T. J. Oshie were issued alcohol-related charges in January 2007 for being underage in a Grand Forks, North Dakota, bar. Toews and Oshie admitted to the accusations. Later, probation was imposed on the two, and community service was mandated.
A sizable mural of Toews that could be seen from the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago earned some notoriety in the spring of 2010. The painting showed Toews standing next to a photograph of the Stanley Cup while sporting an oddly shaped mouth and nose.
Regarding the mural, Toews said: “They must have added a little bit of embellishment since it appears to be from a photograph. They are in no way assisting me.” The Province of Manitoba stated that it would be renaming a northern lake after Toews in recognition of his success after the celebration of his bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Winnipeg.
Toews Lake is a body of water 150 km (93 mi) north of Flin Flon. The Jonathan Toews Community Centre was established at the Dakota Community Centre in St. Vital, where Toews played his first game of organized hockey. He received the Keys to the City in recognition of his success and exemplary work ethic.
Jonathan Toews’s Career
Toews was chosen first overall by the Tri-City Americans in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft, but he opted to spend the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons playing midget AAA hockey at Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, a boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. He was still eligible to play for the NCAA thanks to the choice. Prior to going on to play collegiate ice hockey, Toews accumulated 110 points in 64 games during his second season with Shattuck-Saint Mary’s.
At the University of North Dakota, Toews spent two seasons and amassed 85 points (40 goals and 45 assists), a +38 plus/minus rating, and a 56.7% faceoff win rate in 76 games. Serving as an alternate captain during his sophomore year, he assisted UND in making it to the NCAA Frozen Four in both 2006 and 2007.
As a freshman, Toews scored 39 points and twice was named Rookie of the Week. He contributed to North Dakota winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) conference championship and the Broadmoor Trophy, and after scoring five points, he was voted West Regional MVP.
Toews was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft after being ranked third among North American prospects by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. At the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in 2005, Toews led Canada West to a gold medal. In the final match, he scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Canada Pacific.
He earned the title of tournament MVP and finished with 12 points, placing first in the scoring for the competition. Toews was the youngest player on the Canadian junior team competing in the 2006 World Junior Championships during his draught year. He recorded two assists throughout the competition, both against Norway in the group stage, and helped Canada overcome Russia 5-0 in the gold medal match.
Toews won his second consecutive World Junior gold medal in 2007. Toews scored three times in the shootout to beat the United States in the tournament semifinal and progress to the championship game. Toews led Canada in scoring with seven points and was selected, along with teammate Carey Price, to the Tournament All-Star team.
On February 3, 2007, only days after winning the gold medal, Toews received recognition from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) for his tournament accomplishments. He was also given an honorary jersey.
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