Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews CHECKS 10 Year Old Kid (Video)

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Wow, this is your captain Jonathan Toews speaking. The leader of your Chicago Blackhawks totally flattens this poor kid in the middle of this youth hockey camp. I love how the television reporter is just so blase about this shoulder check.

Please Tazer don’t hurt ’em. Toews wasn’t trying to kill the kid, and obviously he went easy on the kid, but HE’S TEN! WTF?!

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Top 10 Most Important Interviews of 2010

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During the past year or so, I’ve had the tremendous opportunity of conversing with many of the most interesting and compelling interview subjects in the world of sports. Across the spectrum in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, college basketball and much much more.

Unless otherwise noted, these interviews are pretty much all exclusive. It was impossible for me to truly rank these 1-10, as you’ll find most fascinating whichever game or personality you are most into.

And besides, narrowing a year’s worth of work down to ten interview subjects was difficult enough. Click on the title in bold to read the whole interview feature.

To read the ten best interviews of 2010 go here

By Paul M. Banks

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Kane & Toews Awkwardly Pick up Fictional Women in HORRIBLE Ad

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Have you seen the new Dell web ad featuring Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews? It is AWKWARD! It’s plot centers around two young, famous multi-millionaires making a poor and stilted attempt to pick up three women with their tech toy.

In other words, it’s really stupid and bizarre and I understand why it got pulled from YouTube. I’m sure the police resistance over at the Hawks Communications and Marketing departments did what they had to get this train wreck taken down before further embarrassment falls on the organization.

Ever since John McDonough and the Waylon Smithers to his Mr. Burns, Jay Blunk too over Blackhawks message control, the “Cubification” of the team has done a pretty good job preventing things like this from undermining their carefully crafted public image.

But THANK YOU hockey blog Subtle like Seabrook, for saving this for us.

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Jonathan Toews gets new EA Video Game Cover

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Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks will be the new face of the NHL® 11 videogame from EA SPORTS™. With last year’s title featuring Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, NHL 11 marks the first time that EA SPORTS has put back to back players from the same team on the cover of the NHL franchise. Jonathan Toews’ image will be on the front of all packaging when NHL 11 is available in North American retail stores this September.

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I actually started “Don’t Toews me Bro”

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By Paul M. Banks

As the Chicago Blackhawks took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks Friday night, all eyes were on “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews. “Taser” had 3 goals and 2 assists Friday night, leading the Hawks to a HUGE 7-4 win over Vancouver. So as everyone in the second city deems Toews the new local deity, you’ll hear a lot of people using the phrase “Don’t Toews me bro.” Therefore, I need to remind everyone who first published these four words.

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Don’t Toews Calgary Bro

By Paul M. Banks

The last time the Chicago Blackhawks won a playoff series in 1996, it was a first round triumph over the Calgary Flames. If history repeats itself in 2009, the series MVP could likely be Hawks Center Jonathan Toews, who was 8 years old back then. He was born the same year the Flames’ home arena, the Pengrowth Saddledome hosted Winter Olympic hockey in 1988. With 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) team captain Toews is leading the Hawks in scoring this postseason.

When Flames Coach Mike Keenan prepares for the next playoff game versus Chicago, his game plan obviously centers around stopping the young all-star. He could tell his players “Don’t Toews me, bro,” paraphrasing one of pop culture’s most famous quotes of 2007. “As a team we feel that if we do things the right way, the chips will fall our way and things will happen for us, so we don’t need to get too worked up,” Toews said regarding his team’s outlook on the series.

Toews, the second overall pick in 2006 and Patrick Kane (last year’s Rookie of the Year and 2007 overall number one draft choice) are the dual faces of the rejuvenated franchise. However, Toews has a few things on Kane that make him the team’s true signature player: his captaincy status and the added responsibilities of increased media and community visibility that come with it. With the postseason’s added spotlight, he’s out-playing Kane, who has one point in the series and missed game three with the flu.  The Toews #19 jersey is arguably the most popular red, black or white sweater you’ll see at the United Center.

The player nicknamed Taser spoke about the fans’ overwhelming support this postseason. “They were definitely behind us and gave us that extra step. There’s some tough shifts where you’re working out of your own zone and the legs get tired, but you battle through it and the crowd definitely gives you that extra adrenaline push to keep going through it,” Toews said.

And Toews’ teammates respect and admire his locker room leadership. The Hawks second leading scorer in this series, Patrick Sharp re-affirmed what the media has been writing about Taser. “You guys are saying it already, he’s a pretty big player for us, there was talk in the early part of the season when he wasn’t scoring, he kind of shook that off and you see the way he’s playing now, scoring big goals for us, and he’s done it his whole career.”