The five best moments of 2023 for the Chicago Blackhawks

Three of them involve Connor Bedard.

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Jonathan Toews scores a goal in his final game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Toews was the captain of three Stanley Cup-winning teams. He was the first Hawks captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 49 years when the team won the first of those three cups in 2010. Toews will go down as the team's greatest captain. You can argue he might be ahead or below Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita as the second-greatest Blackhawk ever.

Much like Kane, it was time to move on from Toews. Injuries and decline in performance necessitated it. Toews' health issues with long-COVID required him to miss all of the 2020-21 season and the last portion of the 2022-23 season.

The Hawks announced before last season ended that they would not bring back Toews for this season as he was set for free agency.

Toews was able to make it back for the final game of the season which happened to be at the United Center. He gave us all one more memory when he scored a power-play goal in the second period.

Toews is taking this season off before deciding on whether he will return to the NHL or officially retire.