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Huge Hometown Celebration for Jonathan Toews

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.”

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Ideal Summer Day for Stanley Cup Parade, Free Slurpees

Ideal Summer Day for Stanley Cup Parade, Free Slurpees

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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Toews Getting a Manitoba Lake Named in His Honour

Toews Getting a Manitoba Lake Named in His Honour

Winnipeg hockey star Jonathan Toews has quite a few accomplishments in his short professional career. An Olympic gold medal, Conn Smythe Trophy, the Stanley Cup, and now his own lake?

The Province of Manitoba said Wednesday a northern Manitoba lake would be named after the NHL champion. Before you fret, the current body of water is unnamed, and the province has yet to unveil its exact location. Premier Greg Selinger originally made the announcement on CJOB 68.

The 22-year-old Chicago Blackhawks captain is expected at a ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature this weekend, where the name of the lake will take effect immediately.

Further details are expected Sunday, the same day Toews will take part in a celebration with the Stanley Cup at City Hall, ride in a parade and greet fans at Dakota Community Centre. (full schedule)

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Toews Bringing Stanley Cup to Winnipeg on Sunday

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews holds the Stanley Cup during a parade to honor the winners of the NHL's hockey championship in Chicago June 11, 2010. Two million fans turned out to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' National Hockey League championship with a ticker-tape parade on Friday, roaring their approval of the team's first Stanley Cup in half a century.   REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Winnipeg boy Jonathan Toews of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks will be in town this Sunday, July 11.

Toews will host hometown celebrations, where the public can get up close with Lord Stanley’s coveted cup at the following locations:

11:00 a.m. to noon — Celebration at City Hall Court Yard, 510 Main Street
1:00 p.m. — Parade from École Christine-Lespérance to Dakota Community Club
2:00 p.m.  — Celebration at Dakota Community Club

Toews is the Blackhawks’ team captain and Conn Smythe Trophy winner. During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, he also won a gold medal as part of Team Canada’s triumphant win over the U.S.