Toews wins another Olympic gold

Former UND standout Jonathan Toews is golden again.

Toews scored the game-winning goal as Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game, giving Toews his second Olympic gold. He previously won two World Junior Championship gold medals as well.

Toews finished the tournament with a goal and two assists, Canada’s fifth-leading scorer.

At age 25, he now has two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be part of a team like that, whether your role was big or small. We were just an amazing team to watch, the way we worked together and the way we were all over them. It was a fun team to be a part of,” Toews said. “You look at the skill we have across our lineup and it is amazing to see the guys who have the raw talent and ability to commit themselves to doing all the little things right.

“We knew that is what it was going to take to win the championship.”

UND’s Olympic gold medalists

2014 — Jonathan Toews, Canada
2010 — Jonathan Toews, Canada
2002 — Ed Belfour, Canada
1980 — Dave Christian, United States

Toews gets an ‘A’ for Canada

Former UND star Jonathan Toews will wear an ‘A’ for Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Games, Hockey Canada confirmed on Sunday.

Sidney Crosby will serve as Canada’s captain for the Olympic Games. Shea Weber will join Toews as an alternate captain.

Toews led Canada to a gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Games. He led the team in scoring and won the directorate award as the tournament’s top forward.

He has captained the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup twice in the last four years.

Toews makes Team Canada

Former UND standout Jonathan Toews is once again on Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

Canada announced the 25-man roster on Tuesday morning and Toews, as expected, made the squad and will be one of the team’s centers.

Toews was Canada’s top player four years ago in Vancouver, leading the Canadians to a gold medal. He also has won gold at the World Junior Championship and the World Championship.

With Toews’ selection, UND will have nine current/former players in Sochi next month.

UND’s Sochi reps

Jocelyne Lamoureux
Monique Lamoureux
Zach Parise
T.J. Oshie

Jonathan Toews

Michelle Karvinen
Susanna Tapani

Tanja Eisenschmid
Susanne Fellner

Obama praises Toews

This week at the White House, President Barack Obama had some high praise for former Sioux forward Jonathan Toews.

Obama said: “He’s still only, by the way, 25 years old. Now I don’t remember everything I was doing when I was 25, but I wasn’t doing that. That I’m pretty certain of. Incredible leadership on his part.”

Toews and the Hawks were at the White House to commemorate their Stanley Cup.

To read a full story on the visit, go here.

Three UND players earn Olympic camp invites

Three former UND standouts will attend Olympic orientation camps this summer.

Jonathan Toews will be at Team Canada’s camp, while Zach Parise and T.J. Oshie will be there for Team USA.

In the last Olympics, Toews led Canada in scoring and was named the tournament’s best forward. Parise led the American squad in scoring.

Roseau’s Dustin Byfuglien also earned an invite to Team USA’s camp.

Team USA’s camp will be Aug. 26-27 in Arlington, Va. Team Canada’s camp will be held Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.

The 2014 Olympic Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia.

Toews wins another Cup

In the last 30 years, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Scott Stevens are the only players to captain two Stanley Cup champion teams.

Add Jonathan Toews to that list.

The former UND standout won his second Stanley Cup on Monday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Chicago’s 3-2 win in Game 6.

Since 1913, only two players have captained two Cup teams at age 25. They are Toews and Gretzky.

Toews had some tough moments during the playoffs, but ended up tallying five points in the last three games and was on the ice for 8 of Chicago’s last 12 goals in the series.

And for Toews, this only means his legacy grows. At age 25, he already has two Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal, an IIHF gold medal, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Frank Selke Trophy. There’s more about that in this column here.

The Ralph now needs to do even more work on the NHL wall just outside of the locker room. It needs to add a plaque for Toews’ Selke Trophy and another shot of Toews with the Cup.

UND on the Stanley Cup

Gord Sherven, Edmonton, 1983-84
Craig Ludwig, Montreal, 1985-86
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1990-91
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1991-92
Troy Murray, Colorado, 1995-96
Ed Belfour, Dallas, 1998-99
Tony Hrkac, Dallas, 1998-99
(A) Craig Ludwig, Dallas, 1998-99
Rick Wilson, Dallas, 1998-99 (assistant coach)
Brad Bombardir, New Jersey, 1999-00
Mike Commodore, Carolina, 2005-06
(C) Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2009-10 (Conn Smythe Trophy winner)
(A) Matt Greene, Los Angeles, 2011-12
(C) Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2012-13

(captains in bold)