The Career of Jonathon Toews
Jonathon Toews is one of the many Canadians who have become household names in the NHL over the past decade and he continues to play at a consistent level for the Blackhawks. With almost 800 NHL games under his belt, the 30-year old knows what it takes to perform day in-day out at this elite level.
Born in Manitoba, Toews began playing at an early age and is believed to have been just three years old when taking to the ice for the very first time. He skated on a daily basis which helped hone his talents and after impressing at high school, he represented the University of North Dakota where he amassed 85 points in 76 appearances and regularly caught the eye.
Life at the Chicago Blackhawks
It was the Blackhawks who decided to take a chance on this rising star and he was third overall in the 2006 Entry Draft. The Chicago side were blooding youngsters at the time and trying to reduce the average age of their side and Toews was one of a number of youthful additions to the squad.
He made an instant impact for the Blackhawks, scoring in his first appearance in October 2007 and continued his hot streak by claiming at least a point in each of his first ten games. A run which also consisted of five assists. He finished as the second highest team scorer that season and was runner-up in the Calder Memorial Trophy with teammate Patrick Kane taking top honours.
He was made assistant captain in just his second season in Chicago with his leadership qualities clearly impressing the coaching staff. At just 20-years old, he was installed as captain becoming the third youngest in the history of the NHL.
Leading by example, he was a firm fans favourite and was rewarded with a new six-year contract at the end of 2009.
Stanley Cup Success
Toews’ eye for goal helped his side reach the Stanley Cup Play-Offs for the first time since 2002 but despite a decent start, they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 post-season showdown.
He completed a second career hat-trick during the 2010 Stanley Cup Play-Offs and his fine form continued as he helped the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup success since 1961. It took just six games to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers with Toews following in the footsteps of fellow-Canadian Sidney Crosby to become just the second youngest captain to lift the prestigious trophy.
Another Stanley Cup victory was achieved in 2015 with Toews guiding his side to a victory over Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a third Stanley Cup triumph in six years for the Franchise and Toews had been a major figure in each of those successes.
In 2017, he was named amongst the NHL’s 100 greatest players.
He made his International debut in 2007 at the World Championships after playing just two years of college hockey and he was still on the verge of turning professional at this point. No other Canadian had been victorious in both the World Championship and World Junior Championship up until this point.
He has also enjoyed success at the 2014 Winter Olympics, picking up a gold medal and he also represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He scored just a single goal during their success at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but did clock up eight points throughout the competition which was more than any of his team-mates.