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Toews named Conn Smythe winner

by Phil Coffey / Chicago Blackhawks

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Balloting for the Conn Smythe is conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Toews had just 3 assists in the Stanley Cup Final series triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers, but had 7 goals and 22 assists in 22 playoff games this spring to lead the NHL in playoff scoring.

Even without offense, Toews is an exceptionally valuable member of the Hawks based on his very mature leadership qualities at age 22 and his uncanny ability in the faceoff circle, where he has won 60 percent of his draws.

"We still have to check the birth certificate and make sure he's only 21 or 22, whatever he is," teammate Patrick Sharp said of Toews. "From Day 1 when he entered the League, he hasn't changed, on or off the ice. Maybe he's lightened up a little bit now. (He) takes things seriously. He prepares to play just as hard as anybody else.  He cares about the game and winning."

Author: Phil Coffey | Sr. Editorial Director

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