Nov 29, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) with the puck in the third period against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Top 10--#6 Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews enters my top 10 favorite all-time Chicago Blackhawk list at #6.  Toews was the first to hoist the Stanley Cup by a Chicago Blackhawks in 49 years.  Toews not only raised the Stanley Cup, but he won the Conn Smythe trophy for his 2010 playoff performance.

Toews career parallels the new beginning and rebirth of the Blackhawks.  A once proud franchise that was lost at sea if you will during and around the Y2K and the season ending lockout.  The team was terrible for almost a decade until the Blackhawks under then Gm Dale Tallon made some good moves and made some great draft picks. In consecutive years the Hawks selected Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.  When they arrived in Chicago so did a winning attitude and the decade of disgrace was gone forever.

Toews after his rookie campaign has not been on a team that has missed the playoffs.  He won a gold medal in the 2010 Olympics and was the best forward on the ice for that tournament.  Not only did he help turn the franchise in the right direction, but he help secure a legacy.  The Blackhawks as you know hadn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1961  the same time John F Kennedy was President.  In 2010 Toews led the Hawks to the Cup and strapped the team on his back collecting 29 points throughout the playoffs with 7 goals and 22 assists. He was the key man on the power play and almost every key face off.

Toews transformed an entire franchise from one that had settled easily for losing, to one that demanded everyone to get on board with a winning attitude or get shipped out.  He’s the Captain and leads by example from finishing off his shifts to organizing team skates during the lockout.  He’s will be the face of the franchise for an extended period of time which bodes well for those buying tickets if and when the season finally starts.

What Toews lacks in charisma he more than over achieves in being a force of change.  If you notice in my top 10 it will be players from the 80’s and early 90’s or today not because I wasn’t a fan, but there wasn’t anything to cheer for during this time period.  One thing Captain Serious could do for all hockey fans in Chicago is become the voice or the Jeff Saturday of the NHL and get this lockout over before the NHL has to settle for more dark ages!

Toews is the only Blackhawks Captain in my life to win a Stanley Cup and he’s #6 in my all time favorite Blackhawk list! Who’s your top 10? Where would you rank Jonathan Toews? Please feel free to add your list to the comment section.

 

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