Toews, Kane on opposing teams for All-Star Game
When Patrick Kane heard that he and Jonathan Toews had been summoned to Joel Quenneville's office Wednesday morning, one thought immediately ran through his head.
"We kind of looked at each other like, 'What did we do over the past couple of days that got us in trouble?' " Kane said. "Then he gave us the news, and we just kind of looked at each other and laughed."
That's because the news from Quenneville was that Toews and Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets had been named team captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend in Columbus.
Kane will serve as one of the assistant captains on Team Foligno.
"It's pretty cool," Toews said. "It's not something I expected. It's definitely an honor, so it's going to be fun sitting across from (Kane).
"I'm sure the competition is starting already to see what's going to happen."
Brent Seabrook said Wednesday that he had already talked to both Kane and Toews about not being the final guy selected in the player draft for the game.
Meanwhile, his defensive partner, Duncan Keith, also had some words with Kane.
"I think Dunc's a little upset that I got named assistant captain," Kane said. "He was asking, 'Why are you assistant captain?' "
Toews said now that he and Kane are on opposite teams, he's expecting to hear a lot of jawing from his Blackhawks teammate.
"Yeah, for sure. It'll go both ways," Toews said. "It'll be fun.
"I think a lot of people made a big deal out of him passing over me in the draft a couple times last time we did it, so there'll definitely be some back-and-forth."