Toews was drafted in 2006 as part of a “new-blood” movement that helped the Blackhawks make it to the playoffs in 2008. Hyper-local tidbit: When the Blackhawks made Toews the captain when he was 20-years-old, he became the third youngest captain to ever be in the NHL.
Coming off of a gold medial-winning performance in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Team Canada will be heading to Sochi next month looking to fend off some stiff competition from a slew of other nations.
As they head into battle against countries like the US, Sweden, and the host country of Russia, Canada will have some of the best players in the world serving in leadership roles. On Sunday morning, it was announced that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, currently the leading scorer in the NHL, would serve as Canada’s captain at the Sochi Games, which are set to begin February 6th.
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, who was named Most Outstanding Player in those 2010 Olympics, was named as one of the team’s two alternate captains, with Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber also wearing an “A” on his jersey.
All three players are familiar with the responsibilities of leadership, as they all are currently captain of their respective NHL teams. Crosby was the youngest captain in NHL history (his record has since been broken by Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche) when he was given the “C” in 2007 by the Penguins, while Toews was named captain of the Blackhawks in 2008. Weber was given the “C” in Nashville in 2010.
Crosby was an alternate captain for the 2010 gold medal-winning squad, with former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger and Boston Bruins winger Jarome Iginla also serving in that role. Scott Niedermayer was the captain of that team.
The hockey portion of the Sochi Olympics will kick off on February 12th, and Canada’s schedule will commence on February 13th when they take on Team Norway.