Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) shake hands with Washington Capitals players after the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
1. Jonathan Toews
College: University of North Dakota
Toews, like Parise, followed the Shattuck-St. Mary’s to North Dakota path. Since then, the young Canadian has had unparalleled success. In just his 2nd year in the league, he was given the captaincy. He’s won 2 gold medals as well as 2 Stanley Cups, and has singlehandedly revived the Chicago Blackhawks organization, a team that a mere 10 years ago were drawing south of 10,000 people. Along with being the Hawks’ lifeline for the entirety of his career, a good argument can be made for him being Canada’s 2nd best active hockey player behind Sidney Crosby himself. At North Dakota, Toews led the Sioux to two back-to-back appearances in the Frozen Four, the perfect start to a perfect career. Not bad, Captain. Not bad at all.
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