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Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews  #19

NUMBER: 19 BIRTHDATE: April 29, 1988  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: CHI / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (3rd overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> His highlight reel goal against Colorado on Oct. 19, 2007 has over 550,000 views on Toews on the goal: &quot;It happened so fast. I was lucky their defensemen were a little flatfooted. I don't think they expected me to come in with that much speed. I was pretty pumped.&quot; <br /> <br /> He speaks French fluently and it is a significant part of his family heritage -- his mother, Andree Gilbert, is a francophone originally from the rural Beauce region just south of Quebec City. <br /> <br /> His father, Bryan, used to build an outdoor rink every year behind their house in Winnipeg for him and his younger brother, David, a New York Islanders' prospect. <br /> <br /> He wore the #9 at Shattuck St. Mary's High School in Minnesota and North Dakota University, before switching to number 19 in Chicago (Bobby Hull's number nine was retired in 1983). &quot;I think 19 was a classic number and it happened to be available, so I used the chance to pick that one up.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his slow start to his second season: &quot;I just believe it's a mental thing that a player goes through himself, and that sometimes maybe other people convince him that that's what he's going through. I had a slow start. Maybe I put a little too much pressure on myself and a lot of people maybe associated that with the captaincy. Obviously, I denied that.&quot; <br /> <br /> On learning about leadership and becoming captain of the Blackhawks at age 20: &quot;I think a lot of being a leader is just being an influential person and not kind of hiding in the corner. And when things have to be said you stand up and say them and kind of express yourself for what you think is right. So I think a lot of things I learned was from my parents early on. They showed me how to work hard. All those values are obviously, when you just be yourself, it rubs off on other people. I think that's probably one of the biggest ways I came to this position.&quot; <br /> <br /> On NHL memories from his childhood: &quot;I've had memories of meeting NHL stars when I was real young. My favorite player was Wayne Gretzky. And I got the opportunity to get his autograph and stuff like that when my dad was always taking my brother and I to Winnipeg Jets games when we were pretty young. That's my earliest memories of watching NHL hockey. And I knew at a young age what I wanted to do in life, and that was to play hockey.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Chicago Blackhawks forward Craig Adams: &quot;He's a very focused person who is also very mature for his age. More than anything, he just wants to win, will do anything he can to help us win, and you love to see that competitive fire and drive in any of your teammates.&quot; <br /> <br /> Head coach Joel Quenneville: &quot;Why John is captain is because of the way he is ... he's a special player and right now we don't want to put a lot of pressure on him. We want to make sure he develops progressively and consistently.&quot;<br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="">Toews is wise beyond his years</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=29848">Named 2009 NHL All-Star Game starter</a><br /> <a href=";id=21026">Take me out to the Ball Game</a><br /> <a href=";id=22555">My First Goal</a><br /> <a href=";id=20551">All-Access Part 1 - New York City</a><br />
Quote of the Day

It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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