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Blackhawks Camp: Toews brothers face off

by Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- Fans in Chicago got their first chance to see not one, but two guys named Toews wearing Blackhawks gear as teammates on Saturday. Well, sort of.

Now that 21-year-old David Toews, younger brother of captain Jonathan Toews, are part of the same organization, they're teammates. However, they were put on different teams for Blackhawks training camp, with the siblings facing each other in the first official scrimmage of the 2011-12 season.

Jonathan's team won 3-1 with the Hawks captain scoring a goal against veteran goalie Ray Emery -- who's in camp on a tryout offer. David, whom the Hawks acquired in a Sept. 9 trade with the New York Islanders, has seen better days. He played well, but his team lost both scrimmages and scored just one goal in each --  which clearly bothered him.

He also had a potential scoring chance thwarted by his older brother, who skated down into low slot and lifted his stick before he could get a shot off. At least, that's Jonathan's side of the story.

"He had a good chance in the slot there and I'm like, 'I can't let him have this one,' " the elder Toews said. "He just hung onto it too long. You've got to get rid of it. So, I had the time to go down there and kind of lift his stick before he got the shot off – but it was a good start for him. It's good to see that hard work's paid off.”

David apparently has the same competitive fire as his older brother, however, and he refuted the stick-lift claim.

“I had a lot of time, I knew that,” he said. “I was waiting for the goalie to go down and I just bobbled it. I'm not going to give him the credit for getting the stick on me, because I think that was my fault for bobbling the puck. But I had a good chance there. The puck just wasn't going in today.”

After spending two seasons playing for North Dakota, where Jonathan starred, the younger Toews played last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League – scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists in 60 games before adding two goals and tallying five assists in six playoff games.

Now he's got a new opportunity with a team that's led by a very familiar face.

“I'm excited to be here and be with my brother,” said David, who's staying at Jonathan's place while he's in camp. “It's an exciting time. When we leave the rink, we do stuff together all the time. Sometimes we get sick of each other and sometimes we have those brotherly battles, but when it's all said and done we love each other as brothers and family and we're always there to support each other.”
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