Chicago Blackhawks: Top 10 Highlights of Jonathan Toews' Career

Andy Campbell Correspondent IOctober 10, 2012

Chicago Blackhawks: Top 10 Highlights of Jonathan Toews' Career

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    Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is only 24 years young. In the five seasons he has played in the NHL, he has had a number of memorable moments.

    With continued productivity and a little luck, this list will look much more plentiful years down the road, but for five-year NHL vet, Jonathan Toews has already accomplished more than most.

    Of course, his epic 2009-2010 season stands out but from the moment Toews arrived on the NHL scene, he has been nothing short of excellent.

    Considering all of his accolades, here is a look at the top ten moments of his short career.

Toews' 1st NHL Goal: 2007

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    On October 10, 2007, in his first NHL game, Toews buried his first career NHL goal in his first game against the San Jose Sharks.

    Streaking through on a breakaway, he registered his first tally on his first NHL shot by roofing the puck over the shoulder of Evgeni Nabokov. Chicago faithful were given a first glimpse at the team's future.

A Stunner Against the Colorado Avalanche: 2007

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    A mere nine days later on October 19, Toews notched what still may be the most electrifying goal of his career. 

    For those on the Colorado Avalanche and all those in the NHL for that matter, they abruptly realized that No. 19 in red was going to be a force in the league for sometime.

    Perhaps Toews has scored more important goals since then but none that are as silky smooth as this gem.

Toews Says Hello to Detroit: 2008

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    It's always fun watching the Hawks and Detroit Red Wings but former 'Hawk Dan Cleary would prefer not to watch this highlight. Toews turned him inside out on December 6, 2008.

    In his second year as a pro, Toews finally gave 'Hawks fans something to brag about in Detroit with an exceptional tally in the Motor City.

Playoff Hat-Trick in Vancouver: 2010

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    In the 2010 postseason the 'Hawks faced-off against the Vancover Canucks in the second of three playoff battles in three seasons.

    After the 'Hawks took a 2-1 series lead, in Game 4 in Vancouver, the captain took over. 

    Toews potted three powerplay goals before the end of the second period, and the 'Hawks went on to 7-4 win and a 3-1 lead in the series.

    Toews would end up with four points on the night and his first career playoff hat trick.

Toews Ties Game 7 in Vancouver: 2011

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    Though the Vancouver Canucks would have the last laugh in 2011, Jonathan Toews scored this memorable game-tying goal in Game seven of the first round of 2011 postseason.

    The Hawks clawed their way back from a 3-0 series deficit to force Game 7. Skating shorthanded, Toews' amazing individual effort kept the Hawks alive. On this fantastic rush, Toews tied the game 1-1 sending it into overtime.

    Though they would lose the game and series, this goal will never be forgotten in the Windy City. 

Toews Forces Game Six in Phoenix: 2012

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    For the second straight season, the 'Hawks would bow-out in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 and for the second straight season, No. 19 would do everything he could to keep his club alive.

    Trailing 3-1 in the series, the 'Hawks skated into their fifth straight overtime game against the Phoenix Coyotes

    Early in the frame, Toews won an offensive zone draw and roofed a wrist shot over the shoulder of Mike Smith.

    Though the 'Hawks would lose the series in six games, Toews' first postseason overtime goal was a dandy.

A Five Point Game in a Comeback Win in Anaheim: 2011

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    Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, the 'Hawks squared off against the Ducks in Anaheim.

    Toews had already registered an assists that afternoon, but with the 'Hawks trailing 4-2 heading into the third period, things looked bleak.

    With a third period for the ages, Toews scored two goals and added two assists, as the 'Hawks went on to win the contest 6-5.

    Toews finished the game with five points out of the 'Hawks six goals. 

Olympic Gold: 2010

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    Midway through the Olympics, team Canada coach Mike Babcock was asked who he thought the team's best forward was. His response, "whoever is playing with Jonathan Toews."

    In a year when Toews would bring home a lot of hardware, he was voted the outstanding forward in the tournament as Canada captured the gold medal.

    The summer before the Olympics, many regarded Toews as an outsider looking in, perhaps the 13th forward on Team Canada at best. 

    Now, many people will be talking about him potentially being selected captain when the 2014 games roll around.

Toews Wins the Conn Smythe: 2010

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    Of course, Toews has a a lot of hockey left in his tank and hopefully another Stanley Cup, but it will be tough to top his 2009-2010 season.

    When the "Hawks captured the Stanley Cup in June of 2010, Toews' 29 points in 22 playoff games earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

    Moments after accepting the award from Commissioner Gary Bettman, Toews had a bigger prize to collect on behalf of his teammates. 

Toews Hoists the 'Hawks First Stanley Cup in 49 Years: 2010

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    Shortly after accepting the Conn Smythe, Toews skated back over to Gary Bettman and lifted the 'Hawks first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

    It was a moment that will remained etched in the minds of all Chicago fans for a long time. At the age of 22, Toews had completed 2010 with the highest honor in the sport of hockey.