After the 2007-08 season that saw Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane electrify the sports landscape in Chicago, it was clear the Chicago Blackhawks were a team on the rise.
On July 18, 2008, that change in direction was cemented when Toews was named captain of the Blackhawks. At age 20, he was the youngest man ever named to that position, and the third youngest captain in the history of the NHL.
Today, after five years and two Stanley Cup championships, it’s clear his tenure as captain has already been one of the most successful in team history. In honor of his five-year anniversary, it seems appropriate to take a look back at his top five moments as a Blackhawk.
If you don't see your favorite Toews moment, please share it with us in the comments. And we promise that this Popsicle eating contest did not make the list:
But here are the moments that did:
Five: Toews finally gets on the board against the Bruins
During this year’s Cup Final, Toews was bombarded with questions about his lack of goal scoring during the postseason. He only had one tally up until Game 4 of the series, but when he scored, it seemed to not only spark his game for the rest of the series, but it sparked his team as well.
Four: Toews dazzles the crowd in Detroit
In Toews’ second season with the Blackhawks, fans around the league really started to take notice of his burgeoning skillset. This sick goal against the Red Wings only served to drive the point home.
Three: Toews ties the game against Vancouver
In the 2011 playoffs, the Blackhawks had been facing a 3-0 series deficit against the top seeded Vancouver Canucks, but battled back to force a Game 7. Trailing late in that game, Toews came through with one of his most clutch goals as a Hawk, and forced overtime.
Two: Toews roofs the winner against Phoenix
In 2012, the Blackhawks were down 3-1 in their series with the Phoenix Coyotes, and were locked in a tight battle with goaltender Mike Smith. Off an overtime faceoff, Toews grabbed the puck in the slot, and unleashed one of the best wrist shots you’ll ever see.
First: Toews says hello to the hockey world
In Toews’ rookie season, he made an emphatic statement both to fans in the Windy City and fans leaguewide that he was going to be an impact player with this dazzling goal against the Colorado Avalanche.