Jonathan Toews speaks about health, return to the ice

On Wednesday morning, we finally heard from Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. We also saw video of him back on the ice with his teammates.

Toews sat the entire 2021 season and was completely off the grid; the only time we heard or saw him was in the celebratory video for Patrick Kane’s 1,000th game.

According to Toews, he suffered from chronic immune response syndrome. With all of the physical beating and stress he’s put on himself over the past decade, his body told him it had enough. And he took time to get his body right.

Seeing him back on the ice was a site for sore eyes. The Blackhawks need his ability, but they need his leadership just as much. He’s one of the greatest to ever wear the Indian head sweater and having him back at full strength — physically and mentally — will help the Blackhawks in every way in the coming year(s).

34 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews speaks about health, return to the ice

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:53 am
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    F*** Yeah!

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:08 am
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    Awesome – now we don’t have to read uniformed speculation about why he was out and how he’s never coming back

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:08 am
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    We missed out there even though we could not be there ourselves .
    You bring a certain energy to the ice you pump the fans and keep lines in order .
    Welcome Back , Johnny it was not the same with out you #19.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:15 am
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    Gteat news to hear, some be disappointed likely, guess he went back Chicago a bit ago and been on the ice on a number of occasions. Look forward to seeing him out there again.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:32 am
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    excellent news. toews and dach 1c and 2c. hopefully this pays the ticket to send strome packing.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    It’s a miracle, I didn’t expect to see him on the ice wearing a Hawk sweater ever again.

    Hopefully he gets the thumbs up and can play hockey this coming season.

  • June 30, 2021 at 10:57 am
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    Toews has been a great Blackhawk. Very good news.

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Darren Dreger reporting yesterday that the he knows that the Hawks “are trying to add an elite level defenseman”

    The names he offered of course were Jones and Hamilton

    Dreger didn’t mention OEL but he could could be in there as well

    Overall it’s encouraging that the Hawks seem serious about such an add

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:19 am
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    Well that answers that

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:41 am
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    Ian was right. I had my doubts he would come back, even if it was chronic fatigue.

  • June 30, 2021 at 12:03 pm
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    Adam Larson wouldn’t be a bad addition either

  • June 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm
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    Well that certainly clears up a lot of the rumors and speculative comments I’ve read hear lately.

  • June 30, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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    I will feel much better when I see him on the ice opening night, until then I’m skeptical

  • June 30, 2021 at 12:56 pm
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    Toews’ timing couldn’t be better. The Blackhawks really needed some good news.

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:04 pm
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    Wijg, thx for the plug, agree it’s very good news, as far as good timing, i’m not trying to insinuate anything in your comments either, but i believe Toews was doing it on his time and didn’t let the bad publicity of late influence his decision on when to go public. Just not the guy to be a pawn, after all this time, especially.

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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    that is all hopeful thinking . . . there is really no cure for chronic immune response syndrome, my wife has it, once a snowboarder and surfer and has days when she cant get out of bed been this way for 9 years. Managing energy and stress is key but i feel Johnny will not be able to perform night in and night out, but miracles do happen, lets hope for one. Johnny is one of the best conditioned athletes in any sport, eats right, impeccable diet, works out, conditioning etc. He does everything right but this immune issue is still very very unfunded and confusing. Anyway good luck to him, he deserves a break.

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:28 pm
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    Thanks for sharing Knuckle – hope the best for Toews and your wife

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:34 pm
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    This made my day. So happy that JT will be back on the ice. I’m sure he heard/read the speculation about his career being over, that he was dogging it and not really sick, etc. The moves we make in the off season are even more important now. And whether or not he remains #1 center or drops down, his role as the long time leader of this team and his presence on the ice is immeasurable.

    The immune system is an enigma, even to doctors, and everyone is different. I had a dear friend who suffered from the same condition, but unfortunately he didn’t have the same kind of medical support that JT has, and eventually it took him down. The immune system is skin, organs, lymph system, bone marrow and more – all of it together, and immune system conditions are incredibly hard to diagnose. I’m sure that’s why it took so long to get word. Hope this is the end of it. Stay well, Johnny!

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:34 pm
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    Thank the hockey gods. Good on the Captain for telling us even though it was none of our business.
    Best news in a long frigging time.
    Jonathan Toews Revenge Tour 2021-22
    coming in HOTTTTT!!!!

  • June 30, 2021 at 1:51 pm
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    Now that’s what I call uplifting news. All Hawks fans should have a bounce in their step today. Not only written news but that video of him talking about it and seeing him on the ice was wonderful. Welcome home Tazer.

  • June 30, 2021 at 2:02 pm
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    I did some research and learned that Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) even though they are often confused with one and other.

    CIRS is some serious shit. Hopefully, Toews can make a full recovery.

  • June 30, 2021 at 3:46 pm
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    Dear Jonathan,

    Really looking forward to your return. So glad you are getting stronger each day.

    We miss your Leadership and your stadium song ‘GO GO JOHNNY BE GOOD!!!”

    You are the BEST….
    Carolyn Mondragon

  • June 30, 2021 at 4:44 pm
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    If what he says he has is correct, he can only play about 50 games per season and may end up like Bickell…..do not expect the Toews of 2015 coming back….so y’all need to pump your brakes and be realistic.

  • June 30, 2021 at 4:48 pm
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    Glad to see him going back to training but nothing is sure and nobody knows iff he will play again this year or the next years .
    Those Stress can end a career so leave him alone ,don’t put any pressure on him and let him take his breath. Time will tell iff he his in the game .
    Iff he come back with good attitude and wants to play with the kids and still in love with the game then everything is perfect …iff not then he better leave the game and continue is life like Hossa did ….hockey is not the end of the world .. physical and mental health is more important.
    Thanks for the good time and wish you the best

  • June 30, 2021 at 5:09 pm
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    Friedman saying Blackhawks trying to trade Keith to pacific northwest. Half to think something around expansiin draft, maybe leaving a player unprotected or taking a certain player.

    Wrap would believe no. 11 pick be part of a trade for a top pairing Dman, which makes OEL more possible and get Coyotes back in first round.

  • June 30, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    john galt

    he said he has chronic immune response syndrome ……. not chronic inflammatory response syndrome. it seems they are two different conditions. inflammatory is a biotoxin illness triggered by an exposure to mold. couldn’t find much on chronic immune response syndrome….. unless he misspoke and meant inflammatory.

    does anyone know if these are two different conditions?

  • June 30, 2021 at 6:16 pm
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    Great that J.T. will play again ! C.I.R.S. Is awful ! Too many games in a decade ! Too much travel ! Too many interviews ! In Zurich they loved him and so did the media ! In Montreal his French interviews were superb as was the column in the Gazette ! An enormous player ! Some of the derogatory remarks that I see are uncalled for ! He’s the true tough western Canadian ! All of us have played the game and at 73 still play pond hockey and shinny with my grandsons as it’s our game ! In the last decade I’ve seen him play all over North America and in Switzerland with my nephew ! He loves the game and the chihawks ! He is focused , Regards , pops 4

  • June 30, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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    If you checkout the treatment for CIRS/Biotoxin Illness you can fully understand why Toews had to sit out as long as he has. It is absolute HELL to go through as the treatment is broken down to 12 different phases and is a very time consuming deliberate process that can be derailed and made to start over again if the body does not progress. There are very few complete recoveries and success stories involving this illness. I hope and pray that Jonathan Toews can get back and stay back to a normal life let alone playing hockey at an elite level. Given the demands placed on an NHL player I believe that they we will all find out very quickly if this is going to be one of those success stories. God Bless him.

  • June 30, 2021 at 8:06 pm
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    Just like the corona thats the end of that shit!

    I ll say it again whatever Tazer did or didnt do with anything I have his back.

  • June 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm
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    So we get Dach Toews back and add one of the to pair Defensemen we need. Still would rather get the top pair guy from ufa maybe we do that for the 2nd one and using this top 10 draft pick is like drafting an elite top pair Defensemen without having to wait 2-3 yrs before they are really ready.

    Next lets get about 8 hardnose players.

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    Sure sounds like a made up condition to me…
    Why the secret ?

  • July 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm
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    I think Tim said it well. Hoping Johnny lives a normal life. Hockey is a bonus. I find the timing peculiar with the Hawks in the news for disturbing, dark reasons. I’m sure others have linked Johnny’s absence to other things. Not sure why the Hawks had to put together a Blackhawk production video with music to announce he’s back in town and feeling better.

  • July 2, 2021 at 4:37 am
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    Lots to digest for Hawks fans these days. One has to be happy for the Cpt. being able to come back and start playing hockey again. His health issue sounds like a very tough mountain to climb both physically and emotionally. Let’s all hope for the best and especially that Tazer does not have this problem as a long-term health concern.

    This news about Toews return slightly offsets the ongoing organizational elephant in the room, as well as Keith seemingly on his way out of town. This is a team in a state of flux to say the least.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • July 2, 2021 at 7:19 am
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    Billy R
    Do you really believe the Insurance didn’t had their doctors look at the (made up conditions? )10 millions for a lie and accept to pay without looking at his condition?
    Everybody has is Secret ,his life belong to him and the team decide not to spread the news because it’s to personal condition and doesn’t help anybody to say what’s going on in is life.
    Maybe it was also depressing time in his life not knowing what was going on exactly.imagine your 31 y o and then you feel weak and unable to do your normal things then it gets in your head and you wonder and ask yourself soo many questions ect ect .
    I wish him to relax and rest is mind and come back to like he was before when he is ready
    No rush
    Take the time you need .

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