January 8, 2019
In the New York Islanders game Friday against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, the overtime winner was credited on the scoresheet to Toews.
Just not the one you’re thinking of.
It was Devon Toews, former Surrey Eagles standout blueliner and 2013 BCHL All-Star, who notched the winner and his first NHL goal for the Islanders against the Blackhawks and his more well-known namesake, the Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews.
After his initial shot was stopped by Chicago goalie Collin Delia, Toews put the rebound back on goal and it found its way through for the decisive tally at 1:48 of the extra session. It was just his fifth game in the NHL.
“Bails (Islanders forward Josh Bailey) made a nice play over to me and I thought the goalie made a pretty nice save on the first one and then I just saw that he was a bit scrambled so I just put it back five-hole towards the net and it went in,” Toews said to assembled reporters after the game. “It feels good to score and get the two points. It’s huge for our team.”
Toews, 24, scored then notched his second NHL goal two games later, vs Carolina on Monday, in a 4-3 home ice loss.
A native of Abbotsford, B.C., Toews played two seasons in Surrey with the Eagles and helped the team to the 2013 Fred Page Cup BCHL title. He amassed 17 goals and 59 assists from the blueline in his 102-game BCHL career and went on to play three seasons at Quinnipiac University.
The Islanders selected him after his freshman season, taking him in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Toews was named the Coastal Conference Top Defenceman in 2013 after posting 10 goals and 37 assists in 48 games.
He posted a stellar rookie year for AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season, and was called up to the big club for the first time just before Christmas.
Toews played with the Abbotsford Bantam Hawks in 2008-09, and two years with the BCMML Fraser Valley Bruins, before joining the Eagles.