Jonathan Toews Has a Few More Goals to Score
BY SUSANNA NEGOVAN
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Jonathan Toews is a bit of a legend at only 22 years old. As captain of our beloved Blackhawks and a top player for Canada’s Olympic hockey team, he’s a well-decorated player and a pensive one as he pauses to reflect on how quickly time passes. And time passes just a little faster behind the wheels of some of the hottest sports cars around, with highly engineered watches to match. We also got the scoop on four go-to men for everything from jewelry shopping to website building. Here’s to the guys!
It’s been the year of a lifetime for Jonathan Toews: first, an Olympic gold medal for Team Canada, then earning the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and, ultimately, bringing home the Stanley Cup as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s the first NHL player to win all three in a single year, and while he can easily pinpoint the best moment of it all (“Right after we won [the Stanley Cup], that exact moment”), he finds that the happiness he expected after achieving his life’s goals at 22 has been slightly elusive.
“It doesn’t hit you right away,” he says of that memorable victory and hoisting the cup on behalf of his team, “because it’s still not real yet. Everything is happening too fast. You just want to seize the moment as best you can, but you never feel like you’re doing that.”
It could be that all those months of forward-thinking—and winning games that don’t matter until you win that final one—made his mind move so fast that he can’t stop it long enough to say to himself, You did it.
“It just feels like it’s slipping away, and you don’t want it to,” he says a little wistfully. “You want to stay there, and whether it’s the celebration on the ice or when family and friends start coming out and hoisting the cup with us, or when it’s just us boys in the locker room or on the plane back to Chicago, those were those moments that were special, but they didn’t last nearly long enough.”
To say that Toews is goal-oriented would be the ultimate hockey cliché, but it would also be true; this year, he says, he intends to score more goals during the regular season (which begins October 7), since he wasn’t entirely happy with his performance last season.
Introspective and focused, but also humble and a little folksy, the Winnipeg native acknowledges that the nickname Captain Serious suits him. “The guys know it gets on my nerves a little bit, so they say it to me all the time,” he says. But he also knows that that the job title comes with responsibilities, and he holds himself to a high standard.
“[There are] things you don’t necessarily think of at first,” he says. “I am so thankful to have a great bunch of supportive teammates. From day one I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot.”
These days, he’s still a little jarred by the quick trades that happened right after the win, but he’s staying positive and speaking in sound bites, another captainly trait. “We have a handful of guys who have been waiting awhile for their chance,” he says. “It’s always a good thing when you have good players like that chomping at the bit.”
After a couple of months of celebration, he’s been “trying to get out of party mode.” For him, that meant a little too much junk food and golf over the summer. “I’m not one of those guys who can eat and drink and not sleep and still go out there and play well,” he says.
But this year, Toews is hoping to spend more time enjoying the city. “There are so many things I don’t get to do during the season,” he says. “That’s the toughest thing. When we were in the playoffs I’d be sitting in my condo looking out at the beaches and the lake and it was so busy, there was so much going on, and I had to rest up for a hockey game. It’s kind of a tease.”
Sometimes while holed away in his condo, he’d play table tennis or strum his Gibson guitar, practicing “the soft country tunes that the girls like.” He is single, having dated his last girlfriend while in college three years ago. “I just want to find the right person and commit myself to a relationship,” he says.
The perfect girl? “Now we’re getting personal, eh?” he laughs. “Someone cool and down to earth and maybe somewhat the opposite of me. Less goal-oriented, and spontaneous and free with how they plan their life. Or don’t plan, so to speak.” Sounds like a plan.
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