Although he is the captain for the Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews still pulls for his hometown team when his team is out of playoff contention.
Toews missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for just the 2nd time in his career this past season as the Blackhawks had a disappointing campaign, but Toews found something to get excited about with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
His hometown team, the Winnipeg Jets.
“I definitely don’t want to see any team win the Cup,” Toews said, according to SN’s Kara Wagland. “I won’t be happy to see someone else hoist it at the end of it all. But I was asked this question numerous times and being from Winnipeg, I think it would have been great for the city, and just knowing how passionate those fans are and how much they love the game. To see their team do well, I was secretly kind of rooting for them if I had to pick somebody.”
Toews is confident that the Hawks can return to the playoffs next season.
“Absolutely,” Toews said. “I think we all were disappointed and kind of shocked as to how the second half of our season went this year and we’re all kind of feeling that sting pretty good. So I think everyone’s going to be excited to bring their best hockey forward next year. We know that’s the goal.”
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Blackhawks’ Ivan Nalimov Rescinds Trade Request
Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie prospect Ivan Nalimov has rescinded that trade request after speaking with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, and is now focused on spending the 2018-19 season playing overseas in the KHL, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers.
Nalimov requested for his rights to be traded despite not even having a contract with the Blackhawks, in the hopes of getting playing time in North America, as Chicago has Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg and Cam Ward on their roster.
Nalimov will play for Kunlun Red Star this season.
Blackhawks’ Cam Ward Excited To Play In ‘Sold Out Building’
“That gives me goosebumps, knowing you’re coming to a city, to an organization, to a fan base that really loves and has a passion for hockey,” Ward said, according to John Dietz of the Daily Herald. “I’m excited about going to the United Center.”
“As players, we thrive in atmospheres like that. At least I do,” Ward added. “I love to go into a building where you can count on fans being in the seats.
“We have a lot of loyal and great fans in Carolina, but it’s no secret that the attendance is always a little bit low. I’m looking forward to … playing in front of a sold-out building and passionate fans.”
Ward posted a 23-14-4 record with a .906 save rate and 2.73 GAA last season for Carolina.
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