DETROIT — Jonathan Toews has earned plenty of respect for what he’s done during his young career. So much so, that the newly-named captain of Team Canada wanted to be sure he was OK with it.
Sidney Crosby apparently wanted to make sure it was “OK” with the Chicago Blackhawks captain that he wore the “C” for Team Canada, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said on Wednesday.
“When we were taking about it, Sidney wanted to make sure it was OK with (Toews), just for the fact he won a couple of (Stanley) Cups,” Babcock said after the Red Wings’ morning skate. “He’s held in high regard, to say the least, and he’s a huge part of the reason why they win as much as they do.”
Toews was flattered by the talk.
“For Sidney to ask guys for approval, I don’t think he needed to do that, but it shows the kind of guy he is,” Toews said. “I’m sure (Babcock) said that to be polite. Everybody knows Sidney is the guy. I’m just honored to be in the conversation for the captaincy. One way or the other, I’m excited to accept a role like that. If it’s more of a leadership role, I’m excited for the challenge.”
Toews, who will be wearing one of the “A”s when the team participates in the Winter Olympics next month, was certainly considered to be the captain for Team Canada. Babcock said Toews’ game, the way he carries himself, and all that hardware he’s earned, certainly garnered that.
“He’s earned the right to be a captain with Canada: two Cups, Olympic gold, I don’t know what else he’s won. It seems more than that,” Babcock said. “He’s a pro who does it right every day. He’s a 200-footer. To me, he’s an impressive, impressive man.”