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Blackhawks Magazine excerpt: Never Gets Old

by Bob Verdi / Chicago Blackhawks
Captain Jonathan Toews graces one of five covers for the February 2015 issue of Blackhawks Magazine.

The following is excerpted from the February 2015 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, featuring five collector's editions, one for each All-Star representative. Pick up the newest issue of the magazine at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

Jonathan Toews, who has won everything worth winning during an illustrious career, now can scratch another item off his incredible shrinking bucket list. With four other Blackhawks—Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford—on either side, Toews captained a 17-12 victory over Team Foligno at the 2015 National Hockey League All-Star Game in Columbus, a region quite comfortable with football scores.

Toews registered a goal and four assists in the penalty-free no-hitter on Jan. 25. At age 26, with two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals among his numerous keepsakes, he also showed promise in an executive capacity of sorts during a draft of rosters. Why, during his hour or so of generally managing, Toews even swung a trade on behalf of Team Toews.

“Whether it’s your first All-Star Game or your fifth or your eighth or 10th, to be at that level and be considered one of the best players in the league is always an honor,” said Toews, who snagged Seabrook—“my bodyguard”—and Crawford for his squad. A former Frank Selke Trophy recipient for defensive excellence, Toews actually displayed his customary 200-foot discipline during the game, no modest objective in a free-wheeling affair contested at 200 miles per hour.

Kane, who scored twice to go along with an assist, was an assistant to captain Nick Foligno of the host Blue Jackets, and they gladly chose Keith as their second selection. Team Foligno’s brain trust, mindful that the last All-Star Game in 2012 had wound up 12-9, evidently valued having one of the league’s most decorated blueliners. But after one period in a track meet that would feature 92 total shots, Keith briefly departed the dressing room to exhale and catch Fall Out Boy, a rock group from Chicago—a Blackhawk watching Blackhawk fans make intermission music.

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