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Scott Moir interrupting the interview to high-five Tessa after her great answer.
By Scott King:
It’s not just Blackhawks fans who are elated with Patrick Kane’s and Jonathan Toews’ eight-year contract extensions. Their teammates are thrilled, too.
At the Hawks’ seventh annual fan convention this weekend, RedEye caught up with several of the duo’s compatriots and asked them to recall their favorite moments with the pair.
Lots of good memories. Just being a young guy coming in and them taking you under their wing and treating you like you’re one of the guys. They’re both genuine people, so I’m glad they’re going to be around for a lot more hockey.
The Stanley Cup, for sure. Those moments, you never forget them. On the ice with those guys, [the] locker room, the whole week following—it’s pretty special.
Kane: There’s a lot of good moments. Helping him get that hat trick against L.A. a couple years ago to push us to the finals, getting him on that sushi train. Last year, or two years ago, we ate sushi together before every game to pretend or think that we played good because we ate sushi.
Toews: To see him come to the league a couple years before I did, from him being a little boy to leading this team, just seeing how he develops. The last couple playoffs [where] we played together are special to me I feel, to get me where I am.
Kane: Probably playing with him in an under-17 tournament in Germany for the U.S. We were over there and he lit the tournament up. It was unbelievable to watch him play. Even at that age, we were 16, 17, and he was by far the best player.
Toews: I think just the first time I got called up, in the first game I played. We lost to Edmonton 7-3. It was early in 2010 and Johnny grabbed my phone and put his number in and said, “Hey, text me if you need anything.” We’re the same age, so I think it was nice for me to see that he was very humble and very down to Earth and was willing to help a guy just coming out of college and wasn’t really sure what was going on.
Kane: I don’t know about one exact experience. I think just the process of being with him for a couple years now and getting to know him as a person and obviously you see how he dazzles people on the ice. Just the whole experience in general, being around him, getting to learn from him and being able to play with him has been a lot of fun.
Toews: Johnny, it’s the same thing. Coming in, I started off playing with him as a young guy. He’s obviously a great leader and has been through everything and has won pretty much everything he can. So being around him and learning as much as you can.
Kane: I think the favorite moment with the Kaner was in L.A. when we were in the playoffs. We were practicing and after the practice we did special things like 25 seconds and you have to score—you can do anything you want. And we went 25 seconds and Kaner didn’t score at all [against me]. I was so happy about it.
Of course some of his goals have been so unreal sometimes. You’re just watching from the bench and [you’re] like, “Wow. Did that really happen?”
Toews: There’s lots of good things with Jonathan. Everybody says he’s a serious guy, like that. But we were living in the same building, so it was fun to go to the airport, to practice and to the games in the same car. It was fun to really see what kind of guy he is.
Of course the leadership, how he leads the team in the locker room. Of course there’s lots of things that he’s doing on the ice, but I think the favorite moments go off the ice for me. You’re doing so much with him in the car and stuff like that, so we can talk about something [other] than hockey also.
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Jonathan Toews on Waddle & Silvy, 17/7/14:
On what he was doing when he first got news of the finalized contract:
"The first thing that crossed my mind was - Patrick Sharp’s gonna like this - I was on vacation with my girlfriend for two weeks when I got the news, I was oversees [in Thailand], and I was like - okay, might be time to get back into shape and start working out again. So I headed to the gym right away. I was kinda feeling the pressure at that moment."
On if he appreciates how much Kane and Toews are tied at the hip and have always gone together:
"Yeah, I think maybe earlier in our career we were both determined players and determined people - we both want to be the best at what we do - and there was maybe more of a need to differentiate and set ourselves apart earlier in our careers.But I think now we’ve really embraced that, and we love being a vital part of our team together.
I think for myself, it’s an honor and a huge compliment for me to be considered in the same realm as far as a player like Kaner, with his talents. Like you said, we’re different people with different talets and we bring different things to the table, but I think it’s a huge compliment for me to be in that same sentence as him.”
On growing up in front of the media and fans’ eyes in Chicago:
"It’s been pretty cool. It’s funny, we were just young kids coming in here to Chicago. I don’t think our relationship has changed much, I think we still look at each other as just a couple of players who love to play hockey and love to be around the boys, the way we always have before we became professional hockey players, and it’s just funny when you have other people, especially my friends back home or anyone I know who think of Patrick Kane as this big superstar or famous athlete, and to me he’s just a regular guy."
On ever playing in his hometown Winnnipeg:
"To be honest with you, all due respect to all the Jets fans back home, family and friends, I love Winnipeg and what it’s given me and it’s a great place to grow up, but I mean, I tell eveyone that Chicago’s my new home and I’m so lucky to be part of the sports scene in this city, and there’s never been a doubt in either of our minds, myself or Kaner, that we want to be here. I guess it’s something that might be more of a question the next time around, but again the way I feel right now it probably won’t be. There was no doubt in my mind that this is where we want to be for a long time."
On whether he was ever legitimately concerned that Patrick Kane needed to mature quickly, all the time they’ve been together:
"You know what, I don’t think so. I’ve always known Kaner the same way, and he’s such a good teammate, a good guy, and I’ve always loved him in the locker room. […] I think in certain ways he still likes to have fun and enjoy himself with his friends and there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just that to a certain degree, for people in our position, you’ve got to kinda watch things sometimes and I think he’s really understood that. And on and off the ice he’s matured in so many ways.
BONUS: On chirping Sid a during the Stadium Series a week after they were Olympic teammates:
"I gave him a hard time cause they were already up on the powerplay, five on four, and I thought it was kind of a weak call so I just thought I’d give Sid an earful cause he went down a little bit easier than he should have [laughs]."
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- to summarize:
- it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as patrick kane
- tazer loves kaner
- tazer is never leaving chicago
- and his reaction to pressure us fleeing to the gym
- this is like all of the praise kink fics wrapped up together in one glorious podcast
- jonathan toews keep doing what you’re doing
Making friends at #BHC2014
7/19/14: Green Thumb Toews
Tags via captainfantoewstic:
No, but can you imagine what happens once the vegetables are grown? Tazer showing up at the rink with three huge cucumbers and a bunch of lumpy tomatoes, all THEY GREW REALLY WELL THIS YEAR YOU GUYS SHOULD START EATING HEALTHY as he divides them up between any Hawks that seem to be falling behind in the nutrition regimen.
Does a random salad full of fresh veggies just appear in the locker room every once in a while? And Jonny feigns shock before telling everyone, “Well if it’s here we might as well eat it!”
Or maybe he starts a put luck going.
7/19/14: Green Thumb Toews
You know, I don’t actually. He just wasn’t scheduled for some reason?