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Jonathan Toews Turns 27 Today.. Happy Birthday To The Captain!

By Keith Schultz
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Where has the time gone?  It seems just like yesterday the Jonathan Toews was just a teenager and one of the two players that the Chicago Blackhawks were going to rebuild with to bring the franchise from a laughing stock to at least a playoff team.  Well as we all know he’s done more than help build a playoff team, he’s been right in the middle of building a Championship team and a team that is regularly in the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoff Marathon.

The Chicago Blackhawks Captain turns 27 today and their are plenty of highlights and stats that show he’s one of the games brightest stars, and even better he’s still has an 8 year extension that hasn’t even kicked in yet.  Let’s look at his Chicago Blackhawks accomplishments that he’s done since hitting the ice in 2007.

Regular Season

Games- 565

Goals-223

Assists-283

Points-506

+/- +171

Penalty Minutes-293

Powerplay Goals-56

Shorthanded Goals-10

Game Winning Goals-43

Playoffs

Games-100

Goals-32

Assists-57

Points-89

+/- +12

Powerplay Goals-13

Shorthanded Goals-2

Game Winning Goals-10

Of course the stats don’t tell the whole story.  He’s been the Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2008 and his leadership was really put on display during the lockout and getting the team together for practice and conditioning.  If you recall the Chicago Blackhawks blitzed the NHL while they were finding their legs for 24 straight games with at least a point going 21-0-3 to kick off their 2nd Stanley Cup Championship season.

Jonathan Toews may never win a Hart Trophy (although he should have won the 2013 Hart) or win an Art Ross Trophy because most teams stack their best defensive units against the Toews line, but there’s no doubt Toews is on a one way crash course with the Hall of Fame.  Toews won the 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy for the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP and won the 2013 Selke Trophy which he’s been a finalist three times including this season which he should be considered the favorite.

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Toews has had some incredible highlights during his great career so let’s take a quick look at some of the best including his first goal in his first game.

Here’s a great move when he undressed Detroit Red Wing Dan Cleary

Here is another end to end rush that end with a Chicago Blackhawks goal

The last goal highlight is from one of my favorite games to ever watch that didn’t include a Stanley Cup which was in the snowfest at Soldier Field.

Of course my favorite highlight is when Jonathan Toews raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years on the ice in Philly!

Happy Birthday Captain!!

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