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Blackhawks centre Toews becomes third-youngest captain in NHL history

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday that centre Jonathan Toews will serve as the team’s captain for the 2008-09 season, making him the third-youngest captain in NHL history.

Only Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier, both while still 19, became captains at a younger age than the 20-year-old Toews.

“Jonathan deserves this honour,” said Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon. “He is a tremendous individual and a wonderful leader on and off the ice. He has experience in captaining teams from his world junior appearances and guys follow his lead in our locker room.”

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Toews led NHL rookies last season with 24 goals and seven power-play markers while ranking third with 54 points in 64 games.

The Winnipeg native was Chicago’s first choice, third overall, in the 2006 NHL entry draft.