The NHL named the rest of the NHL All-Star Team today, and Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews was named to the All-Star Team. This year the NHL All-Star format is 3 on 3 and this really has been a forte for Toews this season.
Toews will be making his 5th All-Star Game appearance and this time it will be the first under the new format, and with this being the first year of 3 on 3 overtime it’s been Toews who seems to keep on scoring in overtime, and it was a bit of a surprise that Toews didn’t score last night in the Chicago Blackhawks OT victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Captain has a long list of accolades starting with his 3 Stanley Cup victories, but when it comes to Hall of Fame voting one thing that is always mentioned is All-Star appearances so in this era it will be interesting how they bring up these type of statistics. The current NHL player misses out every four years on All-Star Games because of the NHL’s involvement in the Olympics and now with the new 3 on 3 Divisional format means that players again will there are fewer All-stars. Seriously, do you think that Duncan Keith isn’t an All-Star? Keith is fantastic and even though he missed a few games after some knee surgery to clean up some damage, there’s no way he’s not a perennial All-Star.
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That being said Toews is still making his 5th All-Star team since coming into the league in 2007. He’s an entertaining player and part of the reason that the Chicago Blackhawks have won 3 Stanley Cups in 6 years, so it’s even more exciting to see what he can do with so much open ice in the 3 on 3 format during the All-Star Game festivities.
Toews of course will be on his old buddy Patrick Kane‘s Central Division team. Kane of course was voted in as the All-Star Captain of the Central Division which made a lot more sense than John Scott, but that’s a post for another time.
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Kane and Toews will forever be linked together so it can’t be much of a surprise that Toews was added to the Central Division team. When the Blackhawks open up overtime, it’s always Toews and Kane taking the opening face-off so it will be some great action when the All-Star game kicks off in Nashville this year.
How excited are you to watch the NHL All-Star game? Will you not miss it now that Toews will be with Kane again?