If there was one thing we learned from that wonderful Olympic hockey tournament it’s this: Winnipeg’s own Jonathan Toews could very well be the best hockey player in the world.
Amazing then, that Toews was the 13th forward selected to Team Canada and for many of the Eastern experts who “pre-picked” their own Canadian Olympic teams, Toews wasn’t good enough to be considered.
But then came the Olympics and Toews proved how good he was. Especially when the gold medal was on the line. The captain of the Chicago Blackhawks not only scored Team Canada’s first goal in the gold medal game, but for the next 2 1/2 periods, he was, consistently Canada’s best player. In the end he was named the tournament’s top forward and a tournament all-star, but more importantly, he had an Olympic gold medal and Canada was back on the top of the hockey world.
So no, Jonathan Toews is not the best goal scorer or the best passer or the best checker or the best penalty killer or the best power-play specialist or the best shooter or the best stickhandler or even the best captain. But he’s in the Top 3 in every one of those categories and if you throw in winner and leader, then he IS the best hockey player in the world.