- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jonathan Toews and his brother David Toews couldn’t be happier now that they are playing on the same team for the first time in many years. The Hawks recently acquired the younger Toews, who’s trying to establish himself as an NHL player after being drafted in the third round by the New York Islanders in 2008.
The first scrimmage of training camp Saturday featured the two real brothers going up against each other. As you would expect, there is a difference of opinion about who had the upper hand on one of the few times they were on the ice together.
“He claims he got a stick on me when I got a really good chance,” David said. “I just bobbled the puck. I don’t want to give him credit. We’ll discuss that later when we get home.”
Jonathan saw it another way.
“I think he had a good chance in the slot there and I’m like, ‘I can’t let him have this one,’” the captain said. “He hung onto it too long. You have to get rid of it. I had the time to go down there and kind of lift his stick before he got the shot off.”
While the Toews brothers are serious about training camp, that won’t stop them from giving each other some playful ribbing, especially when it includes their other “brother,” Patrick Kane.
“I thought one was enough, now you got two,” Kane joked. “It’s going to be a rough ride for me. Hopefully I’m not on a line with both of them. That would be even worse. They’re actually very similar.”
David respects his brother, but will take Kane’s side at times.
“Jonathan thinks he takes cares of both of us,” David quipped. “But I’m around the house quite a bit. I see the messes he makes and having to clean up after him. There’s two sides to every story.”
This back-and-forth is bound to continue throughout camp, but David knows he can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, so when it comes to learning from his all-world class brother, he’s going to do it.
“Sometimes I have a stubborn nature, but I have to take a step back and realize all the accomplishments he’s had. And not only is he my brother, but he’s a great tool to see what it takes to have that success,” David said.
But one thing the younger Toews wants to dispel is the Captain Serious label. It’s not who Jonathan is all the time.
“There are two sides to him,” David said. “He knows there is a time and place for everything. There is a time and place to have fun and let the lighter side come out.”