Monday, September 19, 2011
Toews brothers reunite on same team
By Jesse Rogers
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.
David Toews was recently acquired from the New York Islanders, allowing the two to skate on the same side for the first time as professionals not far from their hometown of Winnipeg.
Jonathan Toews was a first-round pick in 2006 and won a gold medal in the Olympics along with a Stanley Cup title with the Hawks in 2009-10. David was a third-round pick of the Islanders in 2008 but has not appeared in an NHL game yet. Both played collegiate hockey at North Dakota.
Ray Emery and Alexander Salak will split the game in goal, according to coach Joel Quenneville. The two are in a training camp battle for a roster spot and the right to back up starter Corey Crawford.
The rest of the lineup for Tuesday's game includes a mix of veterans and young players including 2011 first round pick Mark McNeill. The other forwards dressing for the game are Kyle Beach, Phillip Danault, Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Jamal Mayers, Rostislav Olesz, Brandon Saad, Ben Smith and Viktor Stalberg.
The defenders making the trip include Joe Lavin, Nick Leddy, Sami Lepisto, Steve Montador, John Scott, Ryan Stanton and Glenview native Brian Fahey.
The Hawks will play seven preseason games overall.
Jesse Roges covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.