#Blackhawks legend Jonathan Toews just posted this note on his Instagram account. I’m told this is NOT a retirement statement. My understanding is that he will skip the 2023-24 season and wants to play in 2024-25. Statement from Toews expected soon. pic.twitter.com/PYE264vAcv
– Jay Zawaski (@jayzawaski) August 17, 2023
It’s now official.
He made a point of thanking the club, the city and the fans who have supported him since he was drafted in 2006, and we know how much he’s appreciated in the Windy City. After all, he’s worn the “C” on his jersey for so long that he’s seen as a Blackhawks legend.
It makes sense. Especially with the three Stanley Cups he’s won in a team uniform.
According to his information, the former Hawks captain didn’t post the message in question in order to retire:
Jonathan Toews celebrated his 35th birthday in April. The last few seasons haven’t been super easy health-wise, and one wonders if that’s what might prompt him to take a little break.
Maybe that’s the right thing to do if he’s feeling magical right now. Toews is (and always has been) a fierce competitor on the ice, and maybe he wants to finish things off the right way.
Guys like that, having control over the decision to hang up their skates. They don’t want injuries or anything else to force them into retirement, and that’s understandable.
It’s something to keep an eye on over the coming months.
Because even if he’s no longer the dominant player he once was, Jonathan Toews has the tools to help a club on the ice in a more minimal role. His experience and defensive qualities make (or will make) him an interesting candidate for a club aspiring to the big time, and if he does decide to return to the game next year, there will be plenty of interest in his services.
It’s written in the sky.
– They’re ready.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) August 17, 2023
– What a sad story.
Abakar Kazbekov left Russia at 15 to chase a dream of one day playing in the NHL.
He died by suicide three years later, while playing for the London Knights in Canada.@RobsonDan on his life and the questions that followed his death.https://t.co/W2Dwr0VerR pic.twitter.com/vx2fVbHmzp
– The Athletic (@TheAthletic) August 17, 2023
– Well done.
– American Hockey League (@TheAHL) August 17, 2023
– Good for him.