After getting up close and personal with Canucks fans the past three seasons, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn't surprised at the rioting in Vancouver after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Shortly after the Canucks fell to the Bruins last week to give Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972, the British Columbia city erupted in violence, causing multiple injuries and extensive damage.
"I kind of expected that," said Toews, who was scheduled to leave Chicago on Tuesday to head to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. "Those fans are crazy. When we beat them the last couple of years they were throwing stuff on the ice. They're crazy fans and obviously passionate about their team. I kind of expected a reaction one way or another."
The Hawks eliminated the Canucks from the postseason two consecutive seasons before Vancouver ended the defending champs' quest for a repeat title in seven games in April.
Meanwhile, Toews said he was an interested spectator of the finals.
"I watched all the games in Boston and I watched Game 7," Toews said. "Our guys had been kind of joking in the classiest way possible about keeping our fingers crossed for Boston. You never want to see your rivals take it home. It was a heck of a series to watch."
In Las Vegas, Toews is a finalist for the Frank J. Selke trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defensive forward. The center is up against the Canucks' Ryan Kesler and Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and will find out if he's the winner during Wednesday night's ceremonies.
Upon his return from Las Vegas, it's back to working out with teammates under the direction of Hawks strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman and plenty of time on the golf course.
"I'll be going back and forth between Chicago and back home (in Winnipeg)," Toews said. "Just taking it easy and playing some golf."
Included in those rounds will be hosting a Canadian Tour pro-am tournament July 12 in Manitoba to be benefit a children's rehabilitation hospital. Toews expects current teammates Brian Campbell and Marty Turco to play and Hawks legends Denis Savard, Bobby Hull and Cliff Koroll are also scheduled to appear.
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