When the Chicago Blackhawks selected a center from the University of North Dakota with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, they knew exactly what they were getting.

“Jonathan [Toews] just has a certain aura about him,” former Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said on the Danny Mac Show. “We knew right away when we drafted him that he would be our future captain and he would lead this franchise to the promised land. And he’s done all of those things at such an early age I think the best is still yet to come for him. He has class, he has everything you ask for. He’s a wonderful kid.”

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Toews wasn’t the only player that Tallon drafted or signed over his tenure as general manager. And he speaks just as fondly of the rest of the players he brought into the organization as well.

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“What I’m most proud of, the guys off the ice,” Tallon said. “I mean they’re just wonderful, they’re great to be around. They’re a lot of fun and they have great pizazz and personality and they care for each other and they’re passionate on and off the ice. So that’s what I love.”