Blackhawks Jonathan Toews will miss the NHL All-Star Game with an illness, suspended 1 game

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 26: at the United Center on October 26, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Blackhawks fans will have just one of their players to root for in this weekend’s NHL All-Star game.

On Thursday the team announced that Jonathan Toews will not participate in the mid-season classic in Nashville this weekend due to an illness. The news was posted to the team’s website.

“Jonathan will not participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville,” said Blackhawks team physician Michael Terry in a statement on the team’s website. “He was pulled from Tuesday night’s third period because of an illness and remains symptomatic today. At this time, rest over the break is most important for him to properly recover and be fully healthy heading into the rest of the regular season.”

But this isn’t just something that affects the team’s captain for the exhibition. Per the NHL rules, skipping the All-Star game for any reason results in a one-game suspension for a player. Due to this, Toews will have to sit out the Blackhawks first game after the All-Star break against the Avalanche in Denver on February 2nd.

Predators forward James Neal will take Toews’ spot on the Central Division roster, leaving Patrick Kane as the Blackhawks’ only representative for the game.

Toews earned that All-Star nod after another solid season for the Western Conference leading Blackhawks as he scored 19 goals and had 16 assists in 56 games.

 

 

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