Jonathan Bryan Toews is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Toews was selected by the Blackhawks with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the team in 2007–08 and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year. The following season he was named team captain, becoming the second-youngest captain in NHL history at the time. Toews won the 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 and 2015. Toews competes internationally for Team Canada and has won gold medals at the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships, 2007 World Championships, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Toews was selected first overall in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft by the Tri-City Americans, but chose instead to play midget AAA hockey at Shattuck-Saint Mary's, a boarding school in Faribault, during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons.
The decision enabled him to retain his NCAA eligibility. Toews scored 110 points in 64 games in his second season with Shattuck-Saint Mary's before moving on to play college ice hockey. Toews played two seasons at the University of North Dakota, compiling 85 points, a +38 plus-minus rating and a 56.7% faceoff winning percentage in 76 games. He helped UND reach the NCAA Frozen Four in both 2006 and 2007, serving as an alternate captain in his sophomore season. Toews earned Rookie of the Week honours twice, he helped North Dakota capture the Broadmoor Cup as Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference champions and was named West Regional MVP after tallying five points. Going into the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Toews was ranked third among North American prospects by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, was chosen third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2007–08, he opted out of his final two years of college hockey eligibility to debut with the Blackhawks after signing a three-year, entry-level contract on May 16, 2007.
He scored his first career NHL goal on his first shot in his first game on October 10, 2007, against the San Jose Sharks. He recorded the second-longest point-scoring streak to start an NHL career, registering a point in each of his first ten games. On January 1, 2008, Toews sprained his knee in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite missing 16 games from the injury, Toews led all rookies in goal-scoring and finished third in points. Toews finished second in team scoring behind fellow rookie Patrick Kane. Toews and Kane battled all season for the lead in team and rookie scoring before Toews went down to injury; the two were both nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year along with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Bäckström. Following his successful rookie campaign, Toews was named team captain of the Blackhawks on July 18, 2008. At 20 years and 79 days, he became the third-youngest team captain in NHL history, behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier.
This feat was surpassed by Gabriel Landeskog and Connor McDavid. Toews had been named an alternate captain in December 2007, during the 2007–08 season. In the subsequent season, he was voted as a starter, along with teammates Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell, for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, Quebec, he netted his first career hat-trick in the NHL on February 27, 2009, in a 5–4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh. Toews finished the 2008–09 season with 69 points in 82 games, helping the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance since 2002, he added 13 points in 17 playoff games as the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in five games. Less than a month into the 2009–10 season, Toews was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms after receiving an open-ice hit from defenceman Willie Mitchell in a 3–2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on October 21, 2009. Toews had his head down while receiving a pass in the neutral zone when Mitchell left the penalty box and checked him with his shoulder.
Toews was sidelined for several games before returning to the line-up. In the final year of his contract, Toews, as well as teammates Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane, agreed to extensions in early December 2009, his deal was structured to Kane's, worth about $6.5 million annually for five seasons. Toews finished the season with 68 points in 76 games. During the 2010 playoffs, Toews recorded his second career hat-trick, along with two assists, leading the Blackhawks in a 7–4 playoff victory against Vancouver on May 7, 2010. On June 9, 2010, Toews led Chicago to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Finals, he became the second-youngest captain in the history of the NHL to win the Cup, behind Sidney Crosby, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the championship the previous season. Toews scored seven goals and 29 points in the playoffs, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. By winning the Stanley Cup, he became the youngest player, at 22 years of age, to become a member of the Triple Gold Club.
In the off-season, Toews was selected to be the cover player for EA Sports' video game NHL 11 on June 21, 2010. It marked the first time in EA Sports
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"Heaven Beside You" is a song by American rock band Alice in Chains and the second single from their third studio album, Alice in Chains. It was written by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell about his relationship with his then-girlfriend, Courtney Clarke. Cantrell sings lead vocals, with Layne Staley doing harmonies during the chorus; the song spent 26 weeks on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. 3. An acoustic version performed on Alice in Chains' MTV Unplugged in 1996 was released in a live album and DVD. "Heaven Beside You" was included on the compilation albums Music Bank, Greatest Hits, The Essential Alice in Chains. The song is played in a mid-tempo, which contrasts with the faster paced and overall heavier sound found on most tracks from Alice in Chains' eponymous album. "Heaven Beside You" was written by Jerry Cantrell after the break-up with his girlfriend of seven years, Courtney Clarke. Cantrell was unable to remain faithful to the woman who he described as "the most beautiful girl I've seen in my life," and added, "I still love her, but I'm too much of a fucking wolf—kill, move on...
It's so tough. You can't tell an oak tree to be a pine."In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song: Another attempt to reconcile the fact that my life and paths are tearing me apart from the person I love. All the things I write about her are a way for me to maybe speak to her, express things I could never express. "Heaven Beside You" was released as a single in 1996. "Heaven Beside You" peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, making it Alice in Chains' second-highest charting single after "No Excuses". "Heaven Beside You" peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and at number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Heaven Beside You" reached the top 40 in the UK. Allmusic's Steve Huey regarded the song "among the band's best work." Ned Raggett of Allmusic said that the song "continued in the vein of Jar of Flies with its lead acoustic riff and low-key presentation" and added that "Cantrell's electric work is some of his best, moving beyond the admittedly powerful blasts of feedback he was known for to find a new, textured approach that balanced volume with a richer, less oppressive feel."
The music video for "Heaven Beside You" was released in 1996 and was directed by Frank W. Ockenfels III; the video is available on the home video release Music Bank: The Videos. Alice in Chains performed an acoustic version of "Heaven Beside You" for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1996, the song was included on the Unplugged live album and home video release; the song was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on January 12, 2010. It was released as downloadable content for Rocksmith 2014 on December 12, 2017. Jerry Cantrell – lead vocals, guitars Layne Staley – backing vocals Mike Inez – bass Sean Kinney – drums, percussion Review of "Heaven Beside You" at Allmusic "Heaven Beside You" official music video on YouTube