WINNIPEG — Chicago Blackhawks captain and Winnipeg product Jonathan Toews caused roars from hockey fans Friday as he brought the Stanley Cup home.
A public celebration at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre on Dakota Street was reminiscent of a similar scene in July 2010, when the cup accompanied Toews on a circuit of events around the city.
Toews began his day at the airport at around 8 a.m. when the cup arrived. From there, it was off to the Southdale Canadian Tire for another community celebration and a visit to the Children’s Hospital. The 25-year-old had a private lunch with family at Earls St. Vital before arriving to his hometown rink to end his day, where a community mural of Toews was later unveiled.
Toews will return to Winnipeg twice in the fall when his Blackhawks play the Jets on November 2 and 21. Asked how he felt about that, Toews said, “I’m excited. It’s something that my friends and I, and my family from Winnipeg have been talking about for two years now. It’s surprising we haven’t had the chance to play here, but it looks like it’ll happen for sure.”
The Blackhawks won their second NHL championship in four years after defeating the Boston Bruins last season.