Jonathan Toews Named Messier Award Finalist

On his 26th birthday, Jonathan Toews has been named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The Messier Award is awarded “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.” Dustin Brown and Ryan Getzlaf were also named finalists.

Toews is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

Toews Cup

15 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews Named Messier Award Finalist

  • April 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    He earns this every single year. He is the CAPTAIN.

  • April 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’m not sure how this is even a competition. Toews deserves this for what he does every day. Especially the effect he has on the team with his actions that we never see.

  • April 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Another worthy nomination for a stand out person. I would think he is the winner.

  • April 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    hey at least Mess is the sole voice, expert actually applies here!!

  • April 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    What did we, as fans, do to deserve this guy?

  • April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    What, no Backes? (joke)

  • April 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Can not see Toews being denied this award.

  • April 30, 2014 at 12:11 am

    “There’s no decision made on any of that right now. There’s no decision that he’s not going to sign with Chicago. I’ve tried to stress that with Chicago. That’s not the intent — because he hasn’t signed yet, [he won’t sign ever.] That’s not the case.”

    Murray said he and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman have been actively communicating since Hayes’ season ended. The Blackhawks own Hayes’ rights through Aug. 15. He would become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks.

    Murray said Hayes’ decision to sign will not be impacted by the Blackhawks trading his older brother Jimmy Hayes to the Florida Panthers in November. The Blackhawks had acquired Jimmy in a trade in 2010. He played 43 games for the Blackhawks over three seasons. He played 53 games for the Panthers this season.

    “There’s no issue, no problem,” Murray said of the Blackhawks. “It absolutely has nothing to do with Jimmy. Chicago treated Jimmy fine. The trade probably helped Jimmy.”

    Murray said Hayes will examine some different factors on whether to sign with the Blackhawks.

    “There are a number of issues we’re trying to evaluate,” Murray said. “Depth of organization has some bearing on it. There’s just a bunch of criteria we’re trying to take a look at. The situation is there’s no urgency for sign for Kevin. He’s not going to play anywhere until training camp in September. Whether he signs today or two weeks from now or a month from now, it doesn’t make any difference. There’s no reason in our mind to rush into something until he can decide something and see where things are at.”

    The Blackhawks had four prospects eligible to be signed after their senior seasons this year. They already signed Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns to a two-year contract on April 2. Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver said in late March they were still evaluating whether to sign Minnesota senior defenseman Justin Holl. They are not expected to sign Cornell senior defenseman Kirill Gotovets.

  • April 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Jim – I’m not sure what the organization did to deserve him.

    We were stripped of Roenick, Chelios and others and were given Zhamnov, Anders, Gilmour, Coffey and Fleury as replacements.

    We witnessed a proud, strong, well supported Original 6 franchise reduced to a laughingstock and at one point rated the worst run organization in major professional sports.

    As a fan, I think we were due.

  • April 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    JLB….We were not quite “stripped” of Roenick or Chelios. The Chelios trade was in respect for him. His trade gave him the opportunity to win a Cup with the Red Wings.

    Roenick was because the Hawks knew he would not be resigned. He wanted BIG bucks and as you know at that time old man Wirtz was cheap. If I recall, the Hawks & Roenick were not that far apart (well at least in a fan’s eye). So the Hawks traded him rather than lose him as an FA. That said, the Hawks were foolish to let him go.

  • April 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

    If we’re throwing out names that Hawks fans were left watching in other sweaters, might as well add Belfour, Larmer & Amonte to the list. Hell, Savard won the Cup w/ Montreal after the Hawks traded him there for Chelios…

    Fans in Chicago WERE due a championship. We got one in 2010.

    We got another in 2013.

    Now let’s enjoy this team for what it is – arguably the finest core group in the league, and maybe the best in team history.

  • April 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Lines in practices are Bickell-Toews-Hossa, Sharp-Smith-Kane, Saad-Kruger-Shaw, Bollig-Handzus- Versteeg…That is quite a 4th line. It is tough to question Q and I get that, but this just seems like a handicap. If you have Versteeg on that line, don’t you need a Morin or Regin who can shift up with the other lines. I will not bash Zus as he has PK value, he does. But I think Versteeg will be less effective on this line than he was on the 3rd line…which just got him benched for a game.

  • April 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Contemplate that Sid the Kid was christened Captain of Team Canada…I’m still looking for his name on the list of finalists. JT should have been given that title. Anticipating that if the NHL does go to South Korea, I’ll predict now that JT will be the guy.
    We Hawk fans are blessed with this this group and JT as the Captain.
    He is the most influential, effective and driven leader of any team in the city. A once-in-a-lifetime player.
    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • April 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I’d prefer to see:


    Which would enable them to actually put the 4th line out there 5 on 5, but it’s not gonna happen and I’m certainly not gonna question Q

  • April 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Tab…..well said. You can go back further and add Phil Espo and the Golden Jet.
    Toews and Kane just seem meant for each other. I am not unhappy with those lines and am VERY glad to see 28 bumped up.

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