The Chicago Blackhawks certainly missed their captain last season, but he’s making his way back to full health.
Jonathan Toews revealed Wednesday morning in a video posted on Twitter, that he has been dealing with Chronic Immune Response Syndrome, a multi-symptom illness that can affect virtually any organ system in the body.
Toews has returned to Chicago and is back on the ice training in preparation for a return in the fall, after missing the entire 2020-21 regular season.
In a released by the team in December 2020, Toews didn’t provide his full diagnosis but expressed concern about “feeling drained and lethargic.” He didn’t give himself a tight deadline on his return, but just six months later, he’s clearly feeling much better and ready to compete for another year in Chicago.
The Blackhawks had a record of 24-25-7 and finished sixth in the pandemic-altered Central Division. In the middle of this re-tooling project led by GM Stan Bowman, any contribution from Toews is certainly welcome, as he has kept on producing with his teammates getting younger and younger.
In the 2019-20 season, Toews scored 18 goals and 60 points through 70 games.
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