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.