With a new season of NHL hockey fast approaching, this week’s Sports Stud is a Canadian hockey player who plays for and is captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. His name is Jonathan Toews, he’s 25-years-old, 6’2″ and originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He won Stanley Cup in 2010 along with the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoff MVP. After winning the Cup, Toews passed Peter Forsberg as the youngest player to join the Triple Gold Club. He won the Stanley Cup again in 2013. He also competed with Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics where he was named Best Forward for the tournament and where, as you know, Canada won the Gold Medal. His salary in 2012 was $6 million USD. Back in 2010 when Toews brought the Stanley Cup back to his home town of Winnipeg, the province of Manitoba announced that they would be naming a northern lake after Toews in honour of his success. It’s located 150 km north of Flin Flon and is named Toews Lake.
With the Socci 2014 Winter Olympics coming around the corner, Toews says has been keeping informed about the controversial anti-gay laws in Russia and the potential boycott of the games. Toews told TSN, “I don’t think they’re buying themselves any friends [with the laws] by any means, and I think, obviously, a lot of people are disappointed by the attitude they’ve had in Russia,” says Toews. “I still think it’s important to go there and represent your country. You don’t have to necessarily believe all the laws that they’ve instilled in Russia right, so I definitely don’t stand behind it.” Toews hopes that fans and athletes alike can find other ways to speak their minds and voice their displeasure outside of boycotting. “I’m sure that there a lot of other ways that people can express their disagreement with the anti-gay laws in Russia right now and there will be ways to do that,” said Toews. “I’m open to that, but I don’t think that not going to the Games is the solution because it’s a disappointment for everyone else.”