CHICAGO (WSCR) In four seasons in the NHL, Jonathan Toews has was won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s had a great start to a career that will likely end as one of the best the Chicago Blackhawks organization has ever seen.

When the greatest hockey player to ever live joined the Danny Mac Show earlier this week, he had nothing but praise for the Blackhawks captain.

“Well first of all, he’s an extremely mature young man that, you know, the city of Chicago should be very proud of,” Wayne Gretzky said. “Not only is he a great leader and a great hockey player, although they got beat out this year, he scored a tremendous goal late in Game 7 in Vancouver.

“My oldest son played a little bit of hockey, and I told him at 15, that if you want to be a hockey player you got to move out of California, he had a passion for the game, but wasn’t a great player. He moved to Minnesota and went to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School for a year. I’d often sit down and talk to him about his experience and how great it was. And he still tells me to this day, and there’s been a lot of great players that have gone through there, that the most popular and the most well liked and one of the best players ever to go through St. Mary’s-Shattuck was Jonathan Toews. So, you know what, that’s a credit to him and his legacy already at 23.”

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Shattuck-St. Mary’s School has produced NHL players like Sidney Crosby, Jack Johnson and Zach Parise, among others.

“The Chicago fans should be very proud of not only him, but guys like [Patrick] Kane, the team around him, Duncan Keith, are a great, young team and they have a tremendous future,” Gretzky said. “They have a lot of chances and opportunities to win a lot more Stanley Cups down the line.”

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