No, Canada: Jonathan Toews Passing On World Championship

According to Scott Powers of The Athletic, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has decided not to play for Canada at the 2018 World Championship.

Also, Toews will not return to the lineup against St. Louis on Wednesday night. He continues to work his way back from an upper-body injury that has cost him six games (and counting).

Toews has already won gold at the Worlds. When Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, Toews became the youngest player to join the incredibly exclusive Triple Gold Club (gold medals at the Olympics and Worlds and a Stanley Cup championship).

15 thoughts on “No, Canada: Jonathan Toews Passing On World Championship

  • April 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Good. Last thing he needs is to get jostled and hit more after the season is over. Rest up and maybe train a little differently this off season and start next year fresh. Our biggest hope of winning another Cup with this team rests with the re-emergence of Toews as a superstar number 1 center. If that doesn’t happen, all the roster tweaking in the world might make us a playoff team next year, but you need superstars and superstar playoff performances to win Cups.

    Remember when we were in a series 2-2 to St Louis and went there for game 5 and the captain put in a breakaway goal in the 3rd period to put us up by a goal and lead us to victory? That’s the guy we need back.

  • April 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    What HEREISMIKE said.

  • April 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Couldn’t agree more HEREISMIKE.

  • April 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I agree, also, with HereisMike. But I go back to the story I read about Sidney Crosby and a concussion the he received in 2013. He said it took him 2 years to get back to his old self. Let’s hope Johnny is going to rest up and be his “old self” in October.

  • April 3, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    HereisMike I think that goal was scored in OT, but yes, we need a better Toews back next year. When you look at his overall game, Toews is still a very effective player. One of the keys to Toews having a good year next season is Saad having a much better year than 2017-18.

  • April 4, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Yeah that goal was a pivotal OT winner. But otherwise totally agree. Forward lines are much more formidable with a proven possession monster at 1C. Get healthy and recharge.

  • April 4, 2018 at 8:54 am


    Great moment for #19. That was a great series, lots of excitement, a Tarasenko goal with less then 10 secs remaining, and the Seabrook “wakey wakey” hit on ass bag David Backus. I happened to be in STL for work and passed on those tickets at the last mins urgh!

  • April 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

    When Seabrook delivered the wakey wakey hit on Backus, if I was the GM at the time, I admit I would have ran down into the dressing room between periods and signed him to whatever contract he wanted. I loved, LOVED, that hit. It had me jumping up and down and yelling.

  • April 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    After his underwhelming season I’m not sure he has a choice.

  • April 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    That guy was younger and hungry to win and was a leader. Now he’s been average over payed cry baby that can’t win a face off and costed us Panarin cause he thought his linemates were the problem! Hope he spends summer looking in the mirror !

  • April 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    A little harsh Slammer but I agree with the face-off stuff. It looks bad and after happening over and over any it completely loses its effectiveness. He must know this?

    There were some really promising (mini) stretches and his worth goes beyond the average eye test.

  • April 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Wait, are you guys talking about Toews not winning faceoffs? There are some things he can be criticied for that I would agree with – but not winning faceoffs isn’t one of them, He is still one of the best faceoff guys in the league. One of the things I have criticized Toews for this season is getting tossed out of faceoffs (and then whining about it) – but when he actually takes the faceoff he is one of the best in the league and by far the best on the team. And actually it seems he’s not getting tossed as often the last month or two so maybe he’s made an effort to be better at that. In fact I would say faceoffs is the one area of Toews game that hasn’t fallen off much, if at all.

  • April 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Agree with EB. Getting tossed as often as he was earlier was ridiculous but he seems to have mitigated that issue and is winning most faceoffs again. I find it difficult to comprehend though how his hands and brain could appear so much slower during the play (most of the season) and yet still allow him to dominate in faceoff circle if it is a concussion related issue. I would guess back or abdominal issue if it weren’t for the obvious trouble handling the puck this year compared to general Toews standards and please tell me what happened to the Toews wrist shot that seemed to get through the five hole of almost any goalie even when they knew it was coming. Damn be nice to get that back for the captains confidence.

  • April 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t understand why Jonathan Toews is getting slammed so much. He is the last Blackhawk player to be criticized for his work ethic and desire to win.
    And we all know how honest and forthcoming the NHL is about injuries.
    IMO Jonathan Toews has taking a beating and the injuries are catching up on him, including possible unreported concussions.
    After all, upper body injuries are hard to diagnose.

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