Blackhawks icon Jonathan Toews opens up on condition that cost him 2020-21 season
Not much was known about Chicago Blackhawks legend Jonathan Toews’ future during a lost 2020-21 season, but he was dealing with issues of personal health.
The longtime Blackhawks center was thought to possibly be pondering retirement this past season. Instead, Toews tweeted out a video revealing he was dealing with chronic immune response syndrome. He stated he struggled to recover from physical illness and setbacks and that his body was reacting to “everything” as a “stress response.”
I wasn’t too vocal about the things I went through this year. I appreciate the understanding and support and wanted to share this message on where I’m at. pic.twitter.com/3qgftKki10
— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) June 30, 2021
These past several months must have been incredibly difficult for Toews. He admitted in the video this is the most time off he’s had since he was a kid. That can’t sit well with a guy who lives and breathes hockey.
Toews concluded by thanking everyone, fans and teammates alike, for looking out for him and supporting him during this difficult stretch.
The 33-year-old likely hopes he has more hockey left in him, but Toews will eventually go down as one of the greatest players in Blackhawks history.
Toews helped to lead the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup trophies in a span of five years. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy–given to the MVP of the league–during the 2009-10 campaign and also has a Frank J. Selke Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award on his mantle.
It remains to be seen how much longer the Blackhawks center can stay on the ice. He is likely to be that much more aware of his own health. For the time being, though, Toews is glad to be back in the Windy City.