Winter Games Athletes
Despite playing on a Canadian team full of stars at the 2010 Vancouver Games, it was Toews who was named the Olympics' best forward while helping guide Canada to the gold medal. His list of accomplishments has only continued to grow since. Later that year, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP. Last season, after winning the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, Toews joined Wayne Gretzky as the only two players in league history to be the captain of two Stanley Cup-winning teams before the age of 25. Nicknamed "Captain Serious" because of his intensity on the ice, Toews is one of the best two-way players in the world. He is not afraid to play in front of the net, but he's also dangerous in open ice. Toews also powers Chicago's top penalty-killing unit, he's regularly among the NHL leaders in faceoff percentage and has never been worse than the plus-11 rating he recorded his rookie season of 2007-08. He's having another stellar campaign for Chicago in 2013-14, registering 19 goals and 36 assists in 60 games. Toews' passing ability was on full display at the 2010 Games, as he finished tied for the tournament lead with six assists in six games. His only goal of the Olympics came in the gold medal game. Toews could center Canada's second line, with Sidney Crosby likely to center the top one.