Toews: Gold medal or bust for Canada

Toews: Gold medal or bust for Canada
August 15, 2013, 12:45 am
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Scott Krinch

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews made an appearance at the 2013 Jumpstart Classic Golf Tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Southern Ontario Wednesday afternoon.

The event, now in it's 20th year, is one of the largest charity golf tournaments in Canada. Toews took part in the action - teaching children hockey drills - along with fellow Canadian Olympic medalists' Rosie MacLennan and Jason Burnett. 

In his first stint with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Toews helped his country take home the gold medal in a thrilling overtime victory over Patrick Kane's Team USA squad. 

Toews discussed why the Winter Olympics are so important for Canada on Wednesday afternoon.

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"Once you get to the Olympics you know that there's a vast majority of the Canadian population that are tuned in to watch every single one of their games," Toews said. "For us, we got to experience it first hand, the craziness of the Canadian fans, in Vancouver so you know that support is there so it's something you almost have to tune out and focus on the game and take it one shift at a time and try to play the right way to win the gold medal."

With the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia less than six months away, Toews only has one finish on his mind.

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"In Canada it's gold medal or bust, you'll disappoint with anything less ... that's our No. 1 goal," Toews said.

Bragging rights will be on the line in the Blackhawks locker room with several players vying for a roster spot to represent their country.