The Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes were the only teams two to vote against the league’s proposal when the NHLPA’s executive board took its most recent tally, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on “31 Thoughts: The Podcast” on July 16.
Toews is the Blackhawks’ player representative, and Jordan Martinook serves the same role for the Hurricanes.
“I have been told by many, many, many people that one of the most vocal players during the process of coming back to play was Jonathan Toews, that he asked a lot of questions,” Friedman said.
“And other players said … he was great, he asked relevant questions, (and) he challenged whether or not this was really safe to play. They said that when you talk about star players standing up for other people, he did that.”