WINNIPEG -- Jonathan Toews was hailed as a conquering hero three years ago when he brought the Stanley Cup home to Winnipeg after leading the Chicago Blackhawks to their first championship in 49 years. After the Blackhawks won again this spring, Winnipeg's favorite son didn’t hesitate when it came time to decide where to spend his time with the Cup.
"It's my hometown. I grew up playing hockey here. It's where all my friends and family are. They deserve to take in this moment too," Toews said Friday at the conclusion of a long day of activities throughout Winnipeg. "For me, it's special that other people are genuinely happy to see the success of our hockey team. It's definitely cool to see. I'm appreciative of that."
That appreciation was evident from the moment hockey's biggest prize arrived at Winnipeg International Airport on Friday morning. After hoisting the Cup in the middle of the terminal, Toews was determined to share his big day with the community.