Happy #Hoctober, sickness Divas!
It’s hard to believe four months have passed since that fateful June evening when the Chicago Blackhawks were in a sudden-death Game 7 OT match against the eventual Stanley Cup winners the Los Angeles Kings.
After what seemed like forever, pharmacy the 2014-15 hockey season is finally upon us, and we can’t wait to see the Blackhawks in action.
After winning their season opener in (what else?) a shootout, the Chicago Blackhawks are off to a 2-0 start. We know there’s a lot of pressure for the team to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals (as was last season), and there’s no better way to start off the new season than with fearless leader Jonathan Toews, our HAM of the Week.
Known to Blackhawks fans as “Captain Serious” for his sharp focus on the ice and leadership skills (and that it’s truly rare to catch him in a smile), the single 26-year-old forward is hands-down the best-looking member of the team (we’ll forgive his inability to grow a playoff beard just so we can jump at the sight of those puppy brown eyes). We were thrilled when he signed an eight-year extension, because honestly, we can’t imagine the team without him.
The 6’2″, 207-pound Toews (pronounced “TAY-VES“), may be one of the more quiet members of the team (and he is not active on social media), but his dedication has led to two Stanley Cups (in 2010 and 2013, the former in which he won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP) and four playoff appearances in his six years as captain.
The Winnipeg, Canada native was drafted in the 2006 NHL draft at age 19 (hence his jersey number) and joined the team for the 2007-08 season. But while sometimes a young age can correlate with a lack of experience (and players are often sent to the AHL affiliates), Toews proved he was a remarkable exception: he scored his first goal on his first shot in his first game back in October 2007.
The following season, he became the third-youngest captain in the league.
Toews began his career playing AAA hockey for a boarding school in Minnesota during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. The following year he played two seasons alongside former HAM of the Week (and 2014 Winter Olympics Team USA powerhouse) T.J. Oshie at the University of North Dakota.
When he’s not shooting pucks for the Blackhawks, Toews competes for Team Canada alongside the equally-gorgeous Sidney Crosby (seriously, the two could be brothers). Toews won gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
Toews may be “serious” on the ice with an undeniable work ethic, but he’s also got “serious” style off. Wearing a classic, crisp grey suit on the red carpet at Saturday’s home opener, he looked the part of the quintessential gentleman. He’d be the kind of guy to take you to a romantic dinner rather than meet for a drink in the bars of Wrigleyville. He could easily pass as the boy next door, and is the perfect example that nice guys finish first. Can you tell we can’t stop gushing about this stud?!?!
Oh yeah, he’s also fluent in French, and there’s a lake in Manitoba and a community center where he skated as a kid named after him.
We know you don’t need proof to see how beautiful he is, but just in case you need a reminder, here’s our captain doing the Ice Bucket Challenge:
We don’t care how you do it–you must make it to the United Center to see the beauty and glory that is Mr. Jonathan Toews this season. And we’ll leave you with this image of Tazer making puppy eyes with a cute puppy for teammate Bryan Bickell‘s Chicago Loves Pits charity calendar. Cue all of the feelings, stat.
We’ll see you there!