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Chicago Blackhawks: Is Ryan Hartman A Future Captain?

By Mario Tirabassi
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blackhawks’ Future Captain Will Have Big Skates To Fill

The Chicago Blackhawks have been fortunate to have one of the best players in the NHL in Jonathan Toews, grace the organization with his skills and leadership for the entirety of his career so far. In the summer of 2008, Toews was named the youngest Captain in Blackhawks history, fourth youngest in NHL history after Connor McDavid‘s nomination this summer.

Since having the ‘C’ placed on his sweater, Toews has helped lead the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup Championships, won a Conn Smythe Award, a Frank J. Selke Award, and a Mark Messier Leadership award. But who’s counting, right?

It’s safe to say that when his time with the Blackhawks comes to a close, Toews will have left quite the mark on the franchise and his No. 19 will undoubtedly be hanging from the United Center rafters.

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Future Options

It’s still uncertain when the time will come that Toews no longer plays in Chicago. His current contract has him with the organization until 2023, when he will be 35 years old and have played 16 NHL seasons, along with multiple deep Stanley Cup playoff runs and Olympic tournaments.

It will be a lot of hockey for a guy who already seems to be looking into what more life can offer him other than hockey. Check his social media, Toews is becoming quite the jet-setter and philanthropist.

When looking at who might be the next to wear the ‘C’ for the Blackhawks, it will be someone who will have to be able to match what Toews has done for the organization both on and off the ice. The task will be difficult, there are a few options already in the Blackhawks organization.

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