Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby.
Both have captained their respective teams to a Stanley Cup, both contributed immensely to capturing a pair of gold medals for Team Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, and both have already collected enough awards in their hockey careers to fill a closet.
After Toews led the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup in four years in 2013, and Crosby earned his second Hart Trophy award this past season, the comparisons — NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick weighed in on the debate during the playoffs — between the two have taken off.
Toews calls it "an honor" to be mentioned in the same sentence with one of the best players in the NHL, but the Blackhawks captain admitted the comparisons should be taken lightly.
"I think you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt," Toews said on Sportsnet 590 on Thursday. "I mean, I think there’s many situations where our team success in Chicago could hit a rough patch and myself and Kane or whoever else normally gets the credit for that could take most of the responsibility. So it goes one of two ways. I think it’s an honor to hear something like that, but like I said, I still feel every year I’ve got a lot to prove and as a team we want to win more than ever, having had that experience twice already."