Over the course of this season, we’ve seen some of the biggest stars of the game go down with concussions. Sidney Crosby has returned and seen has symptoms come back, while guys like Claude Giroux have also missed time because of it.
The Blackhawks have been no stranger to concussions this season, but it wasn’t until recently when one hit their biggest star, in Jonathan Toews.
Toews hasn’t played since February 19th, with what was initially diagnosed as an upper body injury, but later listed as a concussion. But in that February 19th game against St. Louis, Toews didn’t sustain a concussion. He already had symptoms.
The Blackhawks have had issues with their players rushing back from concussions this year. Marcus Kruger did it, and, more recently, Niklas Hjalmarsson did it.
Jonathan Toews apparently did as well. At the Hawks’ morning skate on Friday, Toews said that he had been feeling some of the symptoms of a concussion in the couple of games prior to his last on the 19th, somewhere on the team’s nine-game road trip.
It sounded like almost a denial state that Toews was in regarding his symptoms. That’s more my hope than anything, as the captain actually hiding his concussion symptoms wouldn’t be good for anyone.
Either way, he is improving and skated with the team on Friday, though he has yet to be cleared for contact. I wouldn’t bet on seeing him within the next week, but he’s trending in the right direction, which is a positive all around.
And no, crashing his Mercedes had nothing to do with his injury.