Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews Discusses Chronic Immune Response Syndrome Diagnosis

AP Photo/Kamil KraczynskiJonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks' captain, spoke out about being diagnosed with chronic immuno response syndrome. He was unable to play in the 2020-21 NHL season.Three-time Stanley Cup winner, he explained that he was in long recoveries and that his immune system was reacting to all he did throughout the day, stress or not.Toews has been back training in Chicago since then and he mentioned his desire to get back on the ice for live hockey games.In December, the Blackhawks made it clear that Toews would not be returning to the team due to an unidentified medical issue. According to Toews, 33 years old, he felt "drained" and "lethargic" during offseason. This led him to seek medical advice.He and the team did not provide much more than that following the initial announcement. Toews' Wednesday comments provide context to dispel any speculations or rumors.The good news is that Toews' doctors seem to have managed his diagnosis well enough to allow him to play again.Toews is the team captain and eighth in franchise history for games played (943), and sixth for goals (345). He is also one of the few remaining players from Chicago's dominance in the NHL during the 2010s, along with Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton spoke of Toews, saying that he was a big part of the team. Toews does many different things that all add up to winning. He is competitive and wants to win. He plays power play, kills penalties and wins faceoffs. He is an important player."He will bring tangible items to the Blackhawks next season, along with his leadership and experience.