Blackhawks fans excited to see Jonathan Toews will have to wait a bit longer.
The Blackhawks were dealt another major setback Tuesday with the announcement that team captain Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely while he deals with a “medical issue.”
There’s no word on the severity or the specific issue that Toews is facing, but he won’t be with the team when they report on Jan. 3.
“Jonathan’s health is our top priority as he deals with this medical issue,” Chicago GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “The Chicago Blackhawks organization and our medical staff will provide all necessary resources to help him return to playing hockey. While he will not report to training camp on Jan. 3 and will be out indefinitely, we will continue to support him as he is an important part of our family.”
Chicago is also without No. 2 center Kirby Dach, who was injured representing Canada at the World Juniors and will miss 4-5 months after undergoing wrist surgery.
Here’s what we know about Toews’ situation:
Jonathan Toews injury update
On Dec. 29, Toews and the Blackhawks announced that the veteran center would be out of practice and the Chicago lineup indefinitely.
Toews described his symptoms leaving him “drained and lethargic” and with the Blackhawks reporting to camp on Jan. 3, Toews won’t be a part of preseason or team activities while he works through the situation.
Part of Toews statement via the Blackhawks’ website:
This offseason, I’ve been experiencing symptoms that have left me feeling drained and lethargic. I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition.
Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team, I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team. I am extremely disappointed, but it wouldn’t be fair to myself or my teammates to attempt to play in my current condition.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion was entering his 14th season with Chicago.
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