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Paul M. Banks interviews Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews (pronounced “tay-ves”) was named Blackhawks team captain this past summer, therefore becoming the youngest player in the NHL to currently serve in that capacity and the third youngest player in NHL history to receive that honor. Last season he finished third in Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) voting while teammate Patrick Kane won the award. Toews however, led all NHL rookies in goals. He was second on the Hawks in that category and third on the team in assists.

I spoke with Toews just after a three-star performance that included an assist and a game-winning goal over the powerful Anaheim Ducks. The 4-2 win resulted from a furious comeback in which the Hawks found themselves down 2-1 late in the third period. “I think there’s a lot of games where we’re down in the third, especially thinking back to the game in Toronto where we came back and games like that give you confidence and we knew we could win this game all along with whatever it takes; going to overtime if necessary,” Jonathan said.

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Toews later commented on the superb play of surprising rookie Kris Versteeg, the team’s third leading scorer. “He’s been incredible. Some guys come of the gate hard as a rookie and play their best hockey right away and it then it kind of dies out, but that hasn’t been the case for him. Every single night he’s doing something and he’s proved he belongs at the top with the skill players in the scheme,” Toews proclaimed.

The Blackhawks started their annual circus trip successfully, before going cold and dropping the last three. Toews talked about how big the home win was as they head into a huge road game against their acrimonious rival and division leader, the Detroit Red Wings. “We definitely would have had a sinking feeling if we came up on the short side, didn’t want to lose four in a row. We told ourselves in this locker room that great teams, those that hang in there and make the playoffs at the end of the year can manage those little slides and little tough streaks, so I think we did a good job of battling back,” he said.

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  1. Jonathan Toews is the 5th most referring search term on the NBC Blog and by far the number one overall chi sports related bringing in page views, so I’ll be interested to see how posting this article plays out!

  2. Peter Christian says

    I love Towes’ game. He is one of the best young stars in the game. As the resident Hockey Nut of SportsBank.net, I am very pumped to see more hockey material, especially if it involves the resurgent ‘Hawks. Now if we could only expand these types of interviews to players and front office people for the Wild and Blues (The Red Wings don’t need any more exposure) we would be on a roll.

  3. EIU Cheerleader/SICA Chick says

    Agreed. Toews is hot! that’s why he wears a red sweater. and being a Hawks fan is trendy now

  4. paulmbanks says

    I agree the Wings get plenty of pub right now. Last night was some of the first really exciting hockey I’ve experienced in Chicago in some time. I have some ideas for adding hockey content, I’ll email you about it

  5. Ghost in the Machine says

    I think Toews is starting to heat it up after a slow start. Saturday’s game at Detroit Sucks will be another measuring stick for this team.

  6. paulmbanks says

    His injury last year probably cost him rookie of the year award

  7. Matt Saracen QB#1 says

    clear eyes. full hearts can’t lose!

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