|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
209 lb (95 kg)
|NHL Team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Born||April 29 1988
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 2006
|Pro Career||2007 – present|
Jonathan Toews (Pronounced|[Taves]; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and team captain for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Blackhawks with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Toews was selected first overall in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft by the Tri-City Americans, but chose instead to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, he played 2004-05 at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. He scored 110 points in 64 games in his only season with the team.
Toews played two seasons at North Dakota, compiling 85 points (40 goals, 45 assists), a plus-38 rating and a 56.7% faceoff winning percentage in 76 games. He helped the Fighting Sioux reach the NCAA Frozen Four in both 2006 and '07. Toews' registered 39 points as a freshman and earned Rookie of the Week honours twice. He helped North Dakota capture the Broadmoor Cup as WCHA champions and also was named West Regional MVP after tallying five points.
In 2007-08, he opted out of his final two years of college hockey to debut with the Blackhawks after signing a 3-year, entry level contract on May 16, 2007. He scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his first game on October 10 against the San Jose Sharks. He then recorded the second-longest point-scoring streak to start an NHL career, registering a point in each of his first 10 games (5 goals, 5 assists). On January 1, 2008, Toews sprained his knee in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite missing 16 games from the injury, Toews led all rookies in goal-scoring and finished third in points. Toews finished second in team scoring behind fellow rookie Patrick Kane. Toews and Kane battled all season for the lead in team and rookie scoring before Toews went down to injury. The two were both nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy along with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Bäckström; teammate Kane was named rookie of the year over Toews.
On July 18, 2008, Toews was named team captain of the Blackhawks. At 20 years and 79 days, he became the third youngest team captain in NHL history, behind Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toews was previously named an alternate captain in December 2007, during his rookie season. In the subsequent season, he was voted as a starter, along with teammates Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell, for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
In 2005, Toews captained Canada West at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge to a gold medal. He scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Canada Pacific in the championship game. He finished with 12 points, first in tournament scoring, and was named tournament MVP.
In his draft year, he competed on Team Canada's under-20 team at the 2006 World Junior Championships as the youngest player on the team. Toews tallied 2 assists during the tournament, both against Norway in preliminary play, as Canada defeated Russia in the gold medal game 5-0.
In 2007, he earned a second straight World Junior gold medal. In the semi-final game against the U.S., Toews scored three times in the shootout to advance to the final. With 7 points, Toews led Team Canada in scoring and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team with teammate Carey Price. Shortly after his gold medal win, Toews was honored by his hometown AHL team, the Manitoba Moose, on February 3, 2007, as he was presented with an honorary jersey for his tournament efforts.
That same year, Toews also made his senior international debut at the 2007 World Championships and recorded 7 points in 9 games competing against mostly professional players after coming off just his second year of college hockey. Team Canada earned gold over Finland 4-2 in the championship game. In doing so, he became the first Canadian to win a World Junior championship and a World Championship in the same year.
After Toews' rookie year in the NHL, he competed in his second World Championships in 2008. As Russia defeated Team Canada in overtime in the gold medal game, it marked the first international competition that Toews had not won gold.
Toews' younger brother, David Toews, also attended Shattuck-St. Mary's and began his freshman year at the University of North Dakota in 2008–09. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round, 66th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
|2005–06||University of North Dakota||NCAA||42||22||17||39||22||–||–||–||–||–|
|2006–07||University of North Dakota||NCAA||34||18||28||46||22||–||–||–||–||–|
|Senior Int'l Totals||18||4||8||12||14|
|Chicago Blackhawks captains
2008 – present