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Toews Ready For Debut

Wednesday, 10.10.2007 / 3:50 PM / Features
By Larry Wigge  - NHL.com columnist
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Toews Ready For Debut
He’s noticeably not nervous, but you can tell that the broken finger that kept him out of the Chicago Blackhawks lineup for the first two games of the 2007-08 season is making him feel a little like a caged lion.

Tonight (8:30 p.m. ET) Toews will make his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks.

There’s a fiercely competitive twinkle in the very-focused eyes of 19-year-old Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews as he watches a late September preseason game from the press box in St. Louis, only a couple hundred feet from the ice where the crowd is in a frenzy as the puck is buzzing around the net.

I’m quizzing the third player selected overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, and somehow between taking notes and asking questions, I lost track of the play that led to a goal by Blues center Doug Weight. But Toews was sharp enough to offer a very detailed description -- all while he was answering my questions.

Amazing.

Nearly a thousand miles away in Winnipeg, Bryan Toews, Jonathan’s dad, says that anecdote came as no surprise to him. Full article>>