Yes, you read that right, Jonathan Toews is BACK! At 10:30 am on June 30th, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews released a video on Twitter giving an update on his health. Toews missed the entire 2021 season due to unknown reasons. Today, the captain put a video out explaining what happened while he was away.

Toews goes on to explain that he was dealing with what doctors told him was Chronic Immune Response Syndrome. What CIRS is in layman’s terms Toews’ immune system couldn’t recover well to any stress he puts on his body. He goes on in the video to discuss how he missed being with the team. Furthermore, how he appreciated that the fans were worried about him while he was away. Also, he goes on to say that he is excited to be back in Chicago and getting back into the routine of hockey life.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks awaits a face-off against the New York Islanders at the United Center on December 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

What’s Next for the Captain?

Essentially, what’s next for Jonathan Toews is that he looks to get back into game shape over the offseason before the start of training camp. That seems to be the goal for the 33-year old from Winnipeg going into the 2021/22 NHL season. After that, it all comes down to how his body feels before the start of the season. At this point, it comes down to taking it one day at a time. Nonetheless, Chicago Blackhawks can feel enthusiastic knowing that the captain is back with a team that definitely missed him last season. Getting a player of Toew’s caliber back will boost an offense that needed center depth as the season went on.

All in all, it’s good to see Toews back on the ice in Chicago. Furthermore, there is something to look forward to once the puck drops for the 2021/22 season. It’s good to see you back cap, Blackhawks fans missed you.

My name is Zach Martin, and I am the Chicago Blackhawks beat writer for Belly Up Sports and Belly Up Hockey Follow me on Twitter for the most up-to-date Blackhawks content and news ( I’m a co-host on a hockey podcast, Cannons & Tomahawks, that talks about all things NHL.

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