Hawks' Jonathan Toews Still Absent From Practice

Toews is "unfit to participate" in the Blackhawks' work, Jeremy Colliton says.

Chris Emma
July 21, 2020 - 2:10 pm
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(670 The Score) Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed the team's work for a second straight day Tuesday and is "unfit to participate" at this time, coach Jeremy Colliton said.

Colliton didn't provide details on Toews' health status, as NHL teams are prohibited from sharing medical information on players as part of the collectively bargained return-to-play agreement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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"The term we're being asked to use, kind of as a blanket, is ‘unfit to participate,'" Colliton said.

"Nothing new on Toewser. He's unfit to participate. That's how I have to leave it."

The 12th-seeded Blackhawks are scheduled to leave for Edmonton on Sunday for their best-of-five qualifying-round series against the fifth-seeded Oilers. The team is still finalizing its roster for that series, which begins Aug. 1.

Goaltender Corey Crawford has also been "unfit" to practice with the Blackhawks since they returned to the ice on July 13. The Blackhawks are "hopeful" he could join the team for its trip to Edmonton, general manager Stan Bowman said.

Toews, 32, played in each of the Blackhawks' 70 regular-season games this season, recording 18 goals and 42 assists.

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