Long before Jonathan Toews struck gold with Team Canada or hoisted the Stanley Cup, the task of helping to clean and organize his hockey gear fell largely to his parents
His mother, Andree Gilbert, diligently washed the hockey gear for both sons by hand with detergent — but jerseys from championship victories destined to be framed were off-limits from laundering.
The hockey mom admits there’s one part of the task that never got easier.
“You just can’t used to that smell!” Gilbert said with a laugh during a recent interview.
Bryan Toews recalled taking precautionary measures to try and help combat the odour.
“I remember taking the Febreze bottle and squirting it in their bag or putting the fabric softener … in the bag just to absorb the smell.”
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Jonathan Toews and Jamal Mayers discuss the latest NHL and NHLPA negotiations (11/21/2012)
Blackhawks captain says concussion effects lingered until 5-day stint at chiropractic neurology center last week
Jonathan Toews wasn’t fully recovered from a concussion when he played during last season’s playoffs.
The Blackhawks captain wasn’t 100 percent healed in July. Or October. In fact, it wasn’t until late last week that Toews was convinced he’s completely over the concussion that caused him to miss the final two months of the 2011-12 regular season before he returned in the postseason against the Coyotes.
While Toews was symptom-free and had cleared all the NHL-imposed concussion protocols before returning to the Hawks’ lineup, there were lingering effects from the injury that even the 24-year-old center didn’t realize were affecting him. They included balance and eyesight issues that were discovered and solved during a five-day stint at an Atlanta-area chiropractic neurology facility last week.
“Even if you don’t feel something and you think you’re symptom-free, there’s probably still something there that’s kind of hindering you and affecting the way your brain works,” Toews told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It was just a lot of eye-movement things. My eyes didn’t track very well. They didn’t look from one target to the next very well. My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible. (There were) little things that I would think were normal because I didn’t feel something in my head.
“But (the chiropractic neurology work) got me back to Square One and I feel great. When I walked out of there I was definitely really tired because you’re doing a lot of exercises that wear on you, but it’s definitely a good thing.”
Even as several of his Chicago Blackhawks teammates have begun playing overseas, Toews has waited while negotiations between the NHL and the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement have dragged on. With no end in sight to the lockout that began Sept. 15 and no formal talks scheduled, the captain is poised to join a European team.
“It’s always on my mind,” Toews said Wednesday after an informal workout with several Hawks teammates and other NHL players at Johnny’s IceHouse in Chicago. “We’ll see what happens the next couple of weeks. We’re really getting to that point where enough is enough and if nothing happens, then decisions have to be made. We’ve hung tight long enough so we’ll see.”
There are six Hawks playing in Europe: Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell, Viktor Stalberg, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Michael Frolik and Michal Rozsival.
Locked-out Winnipeg Jets players will soon face off against a team of Winnipeg police officers in the name of charity.
The Winnipeg Police Service Patrolmen Hockey Club and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) announced a partnership Monday to raise funds for the Dream Factory and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge will be held Saturday, November 17 at the University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Arena.
Teams will be split up by Team Ladd and Team Stuart, comprised of Jets captain Andrew Ladd and defenceman Mark Stuart. Also participating will be Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Little, Jim Slater, Olli Jokinen, Tanner Glass, Travis Zajac, Colin Wilson, Shane Hnidy, and Jonathan Toews.
Puck drop is at 3 p.m. and tickets are $20. Fans can purchase their seats at all nine Winnipeg area Boston Pizza restaurants, the Dream Factory Office, 303-1 Wesley Avenue, and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, RM CE501-840 Sherbrook Avenue, beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30.
The game will include mascots, tykes’ teams, and a post-game autograph session.