Blackhawks: Happy Birthday 32nd to Jonathan Toews
By Ryan Fedrau
Another year, another number added to Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks’ age. This year, Toews turns 32.
The proper way to celebrate Jonathan Toews‘ birthday would be to make a list of the 32 biggest accomplishments he’s had in a Chicago Blackhawks‘ jersey, but that would take a while. Instead, here are a few.
Toews is a three-time Stanley Cup winner. In 2010, Toews was the Conn Smythe Winner. Adding to Toews’ NHL accolades, he’s won the Selke Trophy, the Messier Award, and is a future Hall of Famer.
Outside of the NHL, he has won multiple gold medals with Team Canada in the Olympics and in the World Cup of Hockey.
Besides captaining the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups and many deep playoff runs, he’s kept consistent at his position. The first-line center has a career faceoff average of 56.9%. He averages 70.8 points per season while being a Top 10 player all-time in points for the Blackhawks.
Toews is sixth for goals and eighth for assists in Blackhawks’ history. He has the most shootout goals in league history with 50, holding a 49.5 shot percentage during shootouts. He’s done a lot more than people give him credit for outside of Chicago.
At 32, Toews’ playing days are numbered so it’s important to get a solid team in front of him so he and Patrick Kane can win another Stanley Cup before they both retire. Their contracts run through 2022-23, with no-movement clauses. So, the team has them for another three seasons.
Hopefully, both players re-sign and they can become a Stanley Cup contender again in the near future. The pieces are there on any team with Kane and Toews. The team just has to gel together and be winners again.
For today, happy birthday, Captain!