The Chicago Blackhawks have been hit pretty hard by sidelined players so far at training camp, but if it was up to the captain they would even be at training camp.
In his latest "31 Thoughts", NHL insider Elliotte Friedman revealed that Jonathan Toews was against a return to play.
"I have been told by many, many, many players 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 The Podcast. "And other players really defended him. They said he was great, he asked relevant questions, he challenged whether or not this was really safe to play."
Friedman adds that Toews' problems with the agreement stemmed from his concern with the health and safety of the players competing in a postseason tournament during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toews is one of the members of the NHLPA's Executive Board and along with the Hurricanes' Jordan Martinook were the only players to vote no.