WINNIPEG - He’s brought the Stanley Cup home twice during the past four years.
He’s seen the community club he honed his skills in, named after him.
But on Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Toews will experience a memorable first as he skates onto the MTS Centre ice with the Chicago Blackhawks against the Winnipeg Jets.
Sure, Toews played a pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in his hometown back in 2010 but this is different.
This one actually counts in the standings and will mean so much more to the Blackhawks captain.
The Jets faced the Blackhawks once during their inaugural season back in the NHL, but that game took place at the United Center in October of 2011 and now the two teams find themselves as foes in the Central Division.
There’s a rivalry to build and that will come with time.