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Associated Press
8/2/2006 6:33:38 PM

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Jonathan Toews, the No. 3 pick in the NHL draft, will return to the University of North Dakota for his sophomore season instead of joining the Chicago Blackhawks.

"A huge part of my future," Toews said Wednesday of his decision to go back to school. "It's definitely going to be a blast and something I don't want to miss out on."

Toews turned down a $935,000 US offer from Chicago.

The six-foot-one, 195-pound Winnipeg native said money had nothing to do with his decision to come back to North Dakota, which has lost five players and an assistant coach to the professional ranks this off-season.

"That sort of thing can wait," he said.

Toews scored 22 goals and added 17 assists as a 17-year-old freshman. He was chosen as the most outstanding player at the NCAA West Regional. The centre is also a candidate to be the captain of Team Canada in the 2007 World Junior Championship.

"It wasn't do or die for (the Blackhawks)," Toews said. "They understood that I knew better what was best for me."
 

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Jonathan Toews chooses to forego Hawks...your thoughts??

Hey guys

Upon reading the article on NHL.com regarding Hawks no. 3 pick Jonathan Toews decision to play a year of college hockey b4 entering the NHL, I was forced to sigh again at the bad luck Chicago has. Do you fans believe it's a smart move for Toews to not immediately join the Blackhawks, and that they'll be good next season without the potential phenom's help, or do u agree with me, and I'm sure others, that think it's a big blow to not have the young gun in Chicago's line-up next year?? Discuss.

below is the link to the article in question.
http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/08/278382.html

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I think it is good that he is going back to University, it gives him more time to develop and improve his already amazing talent. I think it could be a blow to the team, but it's hard to say on how he will do until we see him play in the NHL.
 

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I think it's a good idea too.

It'll also give him a chance to brush up on his skills before taking that next big step. A lot of good players have gone on to play in college before playing in the NHL. The game is played at a bit of a faster pace than in the CHL (since the players are older I guess), and they've got some good intensity going on in their games there.

I watched the finals game with Winsconsin winning last year (and Leaf prospect Robbie Earl being name player of the Tournament), and a few games before that. It was quite surprising to see how the Hockey was played. The gap is closed much more to the NHL than the CHL is, so if Toews wants to take his time down there, it won't hurt much.
 
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