Jonathan Toews has done plenty in his career. He’s won two Olympic gold medals, three Stanley Cups, the Conn Smythe and a Selke Trophy.
Now he takes on a different “challenge”: social media.
Toews joined Twitter on Saturday afternoon. For the Blackhawks captain, the first few days on it has been “a good experience.”
“I’m definitely trying to learn from others who are experienced with it to use it the right way. It can be a powerful tool if you use it for good things,” Toews said. “At the end of the day it’s nice to establish that connection with the fans and people who are interested not only in your life but in your interests and everything you’re trying to do off the ice. So going forward, I’m excited to see what develops in that area.”
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Not surprisingly, one of Toews’ first tweets was in rebuttal to teammate Andrew Shaw, who sent a tweet to Toews welcoming him to “the 21st century.”
“I guess in a way we just wanted to have a little fun with it there, and it generated some attention off the hop,” Toews said. “Fans love to see that, the way these guys are in the room. I guess I’ve always been known as that Captain Serious-type guy. I guess I’m not shaking that anytime soon so I’ll just try to embrace it and I’ll go with it. And that’ll probably be, whether I like it or not, my persona on social media as well.”
- The Blackhawks switched things up on their third and fourth lines at Wednesday’s practice. Teuvo Teravainen centered the third line, with Dennis Rasmussen and Andrew Desjardins on the wings. Phillip Danault centered the fourth line with Brandon Mashinter and Jiri Sekac. Coach Joel Quenneville said he wanted to see “how that line could look with [Teravainen] in the middle.”
- Marcus Kruger (wrist) skated again prior to the Blackhawks practice on Wednesday. Quenneville said it’s too early to say if Kruger could be back before the playoffs begin. “There’s still no contact there, there’s still no pace to his shot or having the puck. But if he could be ready before [the playoffs,] that would be fine.”
- Corey Crawford will start vs. the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.
Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.
"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.
"What was said this time around crossed the line."
The Capitals released a statement about the incident:
"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."
The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.
Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.
"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."
The Capitals released the full interview.
Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: