Blackhawks fans excited to see Jonathan Toews will have to wait a little longer.
The Blackhawks suffered another major setback on Tuesday with the news that team captain Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely as he deals with a “medical issue.”
There is no word on the specific gravity or issue that Toews is facing, but he will not be with the team when they report on January 3.
“Jonathan’s health is our top priority as he treats this medical issue,” Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “The Chicago Blackhawks organization and our medical staff will provide all the resources needed to help him get back to playing hockey. Although he does not show up for training camp on January 3rd and is absent indefinitely, we will continue to support him as he is an important part of our family. “
Chicago is also without center No. 2 Kirby Dach, who was injured while representing Canada at the World Juniors and will be missing 4-5 months after undergoing wrist surgery.
Here’s what we know about Toews’ situation:
Jonathan Toews Injury Update
On December 29, Toews and the Blackhawks announced that the veteran center would be out of practice and Chicago training indefinitely.
Toews described his symptoms leaving him “exhausted and lethargic” and with the Blackhawks showing up to camp on January 3, Toews will not be a part of preseason or team activities while he works on the situation.
Part of the Toews statement via the Blackhawks website:
This offseason I experienced symptoms that left me exhausted and lethargic. I am working with doctors to better understand my condition.
Until I can regain my health 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 don’t have a schedule for when I will join the team. I’m extremely disappointed, but it wouldn’t be fair for me or my teammates to try and play in my current state.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion entered his 14th season with Chicago.