Toews has medical issue, no timetable for return to Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews will not attend training camp for the Chicago Blackhawks because of a medical issue and there is no timetable for his return.

Center Jonathan Toews (#19) of the Chicago Black Hawks and Defenseman Robert Hagg (#8) of the Philadelphia Flyers get into a shoving match after a stoppage of play.

The 32-year-old center said in a statement he’s been experiencing symptoms that have left him feeling “drained and lethargic.”

“I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition,” Toews said. “Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team, I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team. I am extremely disappointed, but it wouldn’t be fair to myself or my teammates to attempt to play in my current condition.”

Toews scored 60 points (18 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games last season and nine points (five goals, four assists) in nine postseason games. He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015) and has been Blackhawks captain since 2008. The No. 3 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft has scored 815 points (345 goals, 470 assists) in 13 seasons, all with Chicago.

“Jonathan’s health is our top priority as he deals with this medical issue,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “The Chicago Blackhawks organization and our medical staff will provide all necessary resources to help him return to playing hockey. While he will not report to training camp on Jan. 3 and will be out indefinitely, we will continue to support him as he is an important part of our family. I’ve been in regular communication with Jonathan recently and will continue that as he takes care of his health.

The Blackhawks are scheduled to begin the 56-game regular season at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 13. They will be thin at center without Toews and Kirby Dach, who is expected to be out 4-5 months after having wrist surgery Monday. The 19-year-old was injured while playing for Canada in a pretournament game at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Forward Alex Nylander is out 4-6 months after surgery Dec. 21 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee sustained during Chicago’s five-game loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round.

“To Blackhawks fans, I will continue to do whatever I can to get back on the ice and return to play the game I love for the team I love,” Toews said. “I will not be making any further comment at this time and ask everyone to please respect my privacy as I focus on my health and recovery.”