Hockey star Jonathan Toews says the only way to solve climate change is to set aside personal agendas and think on a broader scale.
The Chicago Blackhawks captain and two-time Canadian Olympic champion posted a picture on Instagram Friday night of himself walking through a wooded area, along with a lengthy message related to recent events.
WINNIPEG — Maybe it was the heat, or perhaps the third time really isn’t a charm.
A scarce crowd assembled Friday to welcome back Chicago Blackhawks captain and Winnipeg boy Jonathan Toews to his old St. Vital stomping crowds. The Stanley Cup winner came with hockey’s coveted trophy for a community celebration for the third time in six years.
Toews spoke to the media briefly inside an air conditioned Jonathan Toews Sportsplex on Dakota Street before bringing the Cup outside to the couple hundred of fans who had gathered.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will bring the famed Stanley Cup to the St. Vital community centre bearing his name on Friday.
A public celebration will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex, 1188 Dakota Street. A Q&A session will give fans the opportunity to ask a question, but unlike previous Stanley Cup celebrations, no autographs or individual photographs will be allowed.
Toews played for the Dakota Lazers as a young hockey player, and Dakota’s main building was renamed in his honour after his first Stanley Cup win in 2010 and gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics with Team Canada.
Winnipeg-born Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will be the face of a new 10-week campaign in support of The Winnipeg Foundation.
The Foundation is building the Nourishing Potential Fund, which grants community organizations to provide healthy meals, cooking training and food information to young Winnipeggers.
“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan get behind this initiative as a donor and ambassador,” said Foundation’s CEO Rick Frost. “He’s a sports superstar and an inspiring figure in our community. He sends a great message about the power of healthy eating.”
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.
The city is welcoming back hometown hockey star Jonathan Toews for a community celebration on Friday.
Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, will be bringing his team’s much-deserved Stanley Cup trophy to the city once again. The Winnipeg-born athlete last celebrated with the cup locally in July 2010. (WATCH VIDEO)
A public celebration is planned for Friday, July 19 at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre, 1188 Dakota Street, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The city and province are spending a combined $9.7 million to fund a new sports and recreation centre at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre in St. Vital.
The 54,210-square-foot multi-use field house will support a variety of recreational sports, such as volleyball, all-season baseball, basketball, aerobics, track and indoor soccer. It will also provide space for numerous fitness options for seniors.
“Active Winnipeggers have been asking for multi-use facilities like this one,” Mayor Sam Katz said on Friday. “The city is pleased to contribute to a sports and recreation centre that will no doubt become a hub of activity in South Winnipeg.”
The new design will integrate with the existing building complex and will be capable of staging multi-court volleyball and basketball tournaments that can seat up to 1,500 spectators.
The Dakota Street centre will cost $17.3 million in total, with the remaining funding to come from various sports associations and community groups. The City of Winnipeg’s contribution is $4.76 million, while the Manitoba government is providing $5 million.
There are only a few days left to bid on a pair of sunglasses formerly owned by NHL star Jonathan Toews.
The Winnipeg product donated his shades to the CNIB’s Shades of Fun, which raises funds to support CNIB services for people with vision loss, and encourages Canadians to protect their eyes from UV damage.
“The generosity and support we’ve received for this auction been truly amazing,” said Steve Lutz, VP of Fund Development for the CNIB. “We started by asking a few celebrities to donate their sunglasses and the word traveled fast.”
Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is just one of many celebrities who donated a pair of their shades. Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau, Rachel McAdams and Wayne Gretzky are just a few of the names who donated items to the CNIB.
Bidding is open to all Canadians and will close at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, June 10. To place a bid and lock in your donation, visit CNIB.ca/auctions.
It hasn’t been declared Jonathan Toews day just yet, but with all the honours the Winnipeg hockey star received Sunday, it sure felt like it.
Toews began the morning bright and early by receiving a warm welcome at the Manitoba Legislature, where dozens of fans greeted his chartered bus shortly before 10 a.m. Once inside, Toews received the much talked about Manitoba lake in his name — Lake Toews.
The lake is situated about 95 kilometres north of Flin Flon, and spans approximately 2.4 km long and 1.6 km wide.
Premier Greg Selinger presented Toews with a certificate documenting the lake bearing the 22-year-old’s name.
A few blocks away, crowds were gathering at City Hall, where another celebration took place. Toews was honoured once again, but this time by Mayor Sam Katz. With the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy near the podium, Toews was presented with the key to the city. Flanked by his family and friends, Toews thanked fans for coming out and was more than gracious by signing autographs for anyone that wanted one — time permitting, of course.
On the other side of the city, people were already lining the streets in south St. Vital near Ècole Christine-Lespérance, where a parade departed around 1 p.m. for Dakota Community Centre. Enthusiastic fans held up signs, homemade Stanley Cup replicas and wore their best #19 jerseys along the route to cheer on Toews.
Once at Dakota C.C., Toews was presented with something even he wasn’t expecting. Mayor Sam Katz unveiled a sign to the newly-renamed Jonathan Toews Community Centre — the same facility the Chicago Blackhawks captain spent many years playing himself. The naming was a surprise to both Toews, and his parents, who noted the accomplishments of their son at such a young age.
The celebration at the community centre drew the biggest crowd of the day, as thousands lined up after the short ceremony to get some face time with the NHL superstar and the Stanley Cup. “I almost feel guilty,” Toews said of the small city who gathered to see him. “Everything they do for me — they make it incredibly special and it’s just tough to repay them for that.”
That’s not a dealership lot you’re looking at above, but the parking situation at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Hopefully no one forgot which aisle they were in.
A brief spurt of rain in the afternoon didn’t bother the festival-goers at Birds Hill Park. They’re a hardy bunch of folks.
No rain is forecast for today, and you won’t be seeing those ominous-looking clouds either. Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies and a high of 23°C. Perfect weather to line the parade route to see Jonathan Toews and the Stanley Cup. Speaking of Toews, the Winnipeg hockey superstar will officially get a lake named after him this morning before the other festivities around the city begin.
But you may want to slather on a little sunscreen before you head out there, as the UV index will be 7 or higher.
Can’t take the heat? It just so happens to be July 11 — which is 7-Eleven Day. The convenience store chain is handing out free Slurpees today to celebrate crowning Winnipeg the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 11th year in a row. Now that’s a title we can all drink to. Cheers!
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