The Friday Five: O Captain! My Captain!
On April 29, one of the Blackhawks' brightest stars adds one more candle to his birthday cake. That's right, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews turns 24 on Sunday. As a celebration of the captain's special day, we bring you The Friday Five: Jonathan Toews Edition.
1. Toews scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his first game on Oct. 10, 2007, against the San Jose Sharks.
At just 19-years-old, Toews beat Evgeni Nabokov with a snap shot on his sixth shift.
Toews led NHL rookies with 24 goals in his freshman campaign, earning him a nomination for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
3. After winning gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Toews became the youngest Canadian in history to join the "Triple Gold Club," earning gold medals at the World Junior Championship, World Championship and the Olympics.
The Winnipeg native was honored with a Directorate Award as the Olympic tournament's top forward, leading Team Canada with 8 points (1G, 7A) and all tournament participants with a +9 plus/minus rating. Toews won two gold medals with Team Canada at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships and took home another gold medal as the only non-NHL player at the 2007 World Championships.
4. Toews holds the franchise record for the longest consecutive point-scoring streak in one playoff year.
In the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Toews recorded 25 points (7G, 18A) in 13 consecutive games, beginning April 22 against the Nashville Predators (1G, 1A) and ending May 23 against the San Jose Sharks (1A).
5. During the 2011-12 regular season, Toews finished with an NHL-leading 59.4 winning percentage in the faceoff circle.
Toews has been consistently strong in the faceoff circle, winning an NHL-high 937 faceoffs during 2010-11 campaign, and finishing seventh in the league with a 57.2 winning percentage in the 2009-10 regular season.