Chicago Blackhawks: David Toews



Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews shares his excitement to play with his brother David for the first time since they were kids on Tuesday night.

Toews brothers to play "close" to home

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
10:10
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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You can’t call Joel Quenneville un-sentimental. Not when the Chicago Blackhawks coach puts two brothers on the same roster for the preseason opener against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. It’ll be the first time since they were 6 and 4, respectively, that Jonathan Toews and David Toews will play on the same team.

If Quenneville really wants to pull some heart strings in the Toews’ family, he’ll play them on the same line. In fact, bet on it happening, especially considering the game is “only” 514 miles northwest of Winnipeg where the brothers grew up.

Playing in Saskatoon was the brainchild of Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who used to be the assistant GM for the Hawks. Considering that fact, and the Toews angle, the whole experience would make perfect sense if the Hawks were playing the Jets, but instead it’s the Oilers who will be the first test for the Hawks.

Despite his last name, David is not the No. 1 prospect to keep an eye on in the game. Kyle Beach, Jimmy Hayes, Mark McNeill and Brandon Saad are all players to watch. It’s a first go-around for the latter three, who have all shown promise. And there is a feeling it’s now or never -- in terms of this season in the minors -- to see if the light goes on for Beach.

Blackhawks nation, as well as the front office brass, will also finally get to see what Rostislav Olesz brings to the party. He looked his best on Monday and said he “was testing his knee the first couple days and it felt good.” Olesz showed some hands and a knack for being around the puck in the scrimmage sessions, at least on the final day of intra-squad play.

And then there is the goalie battle. The first three days of camp didn’t distinguish either one, necessarily, but Ray Emery is looking better and better as the choice to stay in Chicago into October. It mostly depends on if he can stay healthy, but Tuesday night will certainly start to shine a light on who might win that battle. Emery and Alexander Salak will split the game, according to Quennevile. At this point, it’s probably Emery’s to lose.

Slappers

  • Jeremy Morin practiced for a second consecutive day Monday but has not been cleared for contact as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered last January.

  • Patrick Kane scrimmaged for a second consecutive day, but won’t play in the preseason opener. Despite missing Day 1, Kane tied for the lead in points in the three-day intrasquad scrimmage tournament. He had two goals and four assists. Peter LeBlanc also had six points. Toews, Saad and Rob Klinkhammer had five points apiece. Corey Crawford had a 2.88 goals against average to lead the netminders while Mac Carruth gave up nine goals in 75 minutes played for a team worst 7.20 GAA.

  • Monday’s early scrimmage wasn’t exactly a goaltenders clinic, prompting Quenneville to joke “there definitely would have been a goalie change there.” Team A beat Team C, 6-3, with goalie Alec Richards absorbing the brunt of the damage.
  • Toews brothers teammates again Tuesday

    September, 19, 2011
    9/19/11
    4:46
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    Rogers By Jesse Rogers
    ESPNChicago.com
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    For the first time since they were kids, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and his younger brother, David, will play on the same team when the Hawks open their exhibition schedule against the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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    Toews brothers take the ice together

    September, 17, 2011
    9/17/11
    8:03
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    Rogers By Jesse Rogers
    ESPNChicago.com
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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.”
    Jonathan Toews has lived up to expectations. The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping his brother is made of the same stuff.

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