Jan 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
(19) looks up at the scoreboard in a game against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
On Sunday January 19th, Team Canada announced their leaders for the Olympics. Team Canada named Sidney Crosby Captain with Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber as alternate captains. While the announcement of the leaders for Team Canada was not as dramatic as the overall team announcement, it was equally important.
Toews like Crosby were two of the youngest Captains ever chosen in the NHL by their respective teams. Both Crosby and Toews had good Olympic runs in 2010. Crosby, as everyone fan of hockey remembers, scored the game winning goal against Team USA in the finals. People might have forgotten that Toews was named the outstanding forward of the 2010 Winter Games . Toews had one goal and seven assists in the 2010 Winter Games.
Team Canada Coach Mike Babcock had this statement to say about his leaders: “Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams. These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful.” Quotes courtesy of ChicagoTribune.com
As much as it pains me to say this, I believe Team Canada got it right with their picks. All three of these men deserve the letters they are wearing. Blackhawks fans should not feel sadness for Toews not getting the Captain’s C. Despite all the Crosby hate, he is a well deserving Captain. Crosby is the face of Canadian hockey and rightfully so. Crosby leads the NHL with lead 68 points. In the last olympics, Crosby was a +2 with four goals and three assists. Toews being an Alternate Captain is still a great achievement.
Toews who did not wear a letter in the 2010 Olympics was honored by the selection. Toews elaborated further about his selection: “First and foremost to be on that team is amazing and to be considered one of those guys at my age (25) that they look to for leadership, I’m excited about that. I’m excited for the challenge. I know it’s going to be different than the role I played last time. It’s not going to be easy but I’m looking forward to it.” Quotes courtesy of ChicagoTribune.com
The Winter Olympics start on February 3rd. Team Canada will square off against Norway on February 13th.
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