"I show up at the door and he's in his full workout gear just so excited," Riel said.
Riel was led into the basement, where Toews "had Jock Jams just blaring so loud."
"And he had like seven or eight stations set up – for chin-ups, pushups and lunges," Riel said. "We worked out for like an hour. As an 11-year-old year, that's a long time."
Riel got through the workout, and he thought he was in the clear. Nope.
"All right, put your skates on," Toews said. "We're going to play."
So they went out and skated for a few hours. When that was over, Riel thought finally, this has to be over. Bring on the video games and junk food. Nope.
"Hey, we're going to bed," Toews said.
"It's like 9 p.m!" Riel said. "What do you mean we're going to bed?"Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune
The above is an account of one of the sleepovers Jonathan Toews once held - and it's absolutely adorable to picture a little kid getting so stoked about just going to work out. But when that little kid is Toews, it just makes sense.
The entire piece is a fantastic read on how Jonathan Toews grew to be one of the best hockey players in the world. He's had incredible drive his entire life, and it certainly shows now.
Along with a dry sense of humor and a magnificent mustache (as far as Chicago sports ’staches go, his ranks up there with Quenneville’s and Ditka’s), Ahearn is defined by his passion for all things Zamboni. "This is a 1961 Model F," the 58-year-old Lombard resident says, excitedly pointing to an old picture in his cramped office at the United Center. "It’s the first machine I ever drove."Danny Ahearn, via Rod O'Connor for Chicago Magazine.
The entire article is a great read, and shows just how integral and captivating Zambonis can be - to the point they're a part of the game experience, and people will just watch them. Ahearn, the Hawks' main guy, drove his first Zamboni when he was 12; his counterpart, Nick Cotsilis, saw him driving when he was 5 and knew that was what he wanted to do.
Jaromir Jagr wasn't all that excited about participating in the NHL All-Star Game 3-on-3 format, saying he needed to rest. However, he showed he's still got some legs in him with this slick breakway goal to even the score of the Eastern Conference game.
I used your team to help build a model for success in the NHL. Enjoy!
Forward Artem Anisimov scored his 100th career NHL goal to tie the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at Pepsi Center. The Russian has 14 goals this season.
I'm sure most of you don't care, but I got married 9/19/15 with a Blackhawks themed wedding. We finally got our pictures from our photographer and I figured I would share with you good people of SCH. Enjoy or leave sarcastic comments mocking me, either way.
The Chicago Blackhawks were kind enough to upload a snippet from Hat Trick: a really, really adorable minute of Duncan Keith with his son, Colton.
Slovakian players really stick together, don't they?
Marko Dano's father took him to see Marian Hossa (and Tomas Kopecky) when they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and back when Dano was still playing in Slovakia. Now, Dano and Hossa are teammates - and how much do you think they'd love to be able to lift the Cup together?
They've both been pretty good this year, don't you think? Santa seems to agree.
Two-time Stanley Cup winner Colin Fraser announced his retirement from professional hockey Wednesday. Fraser was playing with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the DEL in Germany. The defenseman played in 359 NHL games across nine seasons playing with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and with the Kings in 2012.