CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks said Wednesday they were honored to be on this week's Sports Illustrated cover and shrugged off the notion they could be jinxed because of it.
The Blackhawks, who recently had their 24-game points streak snapped, are on this week's Sports Illustrated's cover with the headline of "The Franchise That Brought Hockey Back." It was the third time the Blackhawks appeared on the cover.
"That's pretty cool," Toews said. "It's definitely high praise for our team. What was tough times for our sport a few months ago, it's cool to see where it is right now, at least how our team is doing here in Chicago.
"The fans have come back full force. We've put everything on the line so far to try and play some exciting hockey for our fans. It's great that it's being noticed."
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also looked favorably on the recognition.
"It's been a wonderful start," Quenneville said. "We've had a lot of fun with it. Now the streak is over, I think we're fine-turning where we're at. I think we all had a lot of fun game in, game out, kind of gathered a lot of attention as we've gone along there. I think the guys handled it very well through that process. The guys earned whatever they're getting over that.
"Now we got to get back doing and taking care of business. It's a long season, but it was certainly a very enjoyable stretch."
As for there being a Sports Illustrated cover jinx, Quenneville thought that already happened.
"I thought that's why we got beat," Quenneville said with a laugh.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford dismissed the jinx.
"What happens on the ice, it's not going to happen because of some cover," he said. "We're not even going to think about it."
Toews said he wasn't familiar with the jinx, and he didn't care about it.
"No, never heard of that," Toews said. "Sure, there's going to be some talk of that. But it's not too often that a hockey team makes it on there, so it can't be that bad, right?"