Jonathan Toews Sportsplex

Jonathan Toews was born in Winnipeg, MB, on, April 29, 1988. He grew up in south St. Vital and began his young hockey career as a Dakota Lazer, playing out of the Dakota Community Centre. Toews went on to achieve greatness in the hockey world as the youngest Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks and multiple Stanley Cup Champion!

A few of his other on ice accomplishments includes:

  • Selected by the Blackhawks with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Joined the team in 2007/08
  • Nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year 2007/08
  • Named Team Captain in 2008, becoming the youngest Captain of the Blackhawks and third-youngest captain in NHL history
  • Won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015
  • Won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoff MVP in 2010
  • Was the youngest player to join the Triple Gold Club 2010
  • Competed internationally for Team Canada and won gold medals at the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships, 2007 World Championships, the 2010 Winter Olympics (a tournament where he was named Best Forward) and in the 2014 Olympic Games

In 2010 when he brought home the Stanley Cup for the first time, the City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announced that the Centre, where he began playing hockey, would bear his name to honor his accomplishments. 

With the planned expansion of the DCC in 2014, and, in concert with Jonathan and his family, it was agreed that the current building would be named the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex (at the Dakota Community Centre).    

Jonathan and his family remain dedicated supporters of the Community Centre and the South St. Vital community.  Following each of his Stanley Cup wins in 2010, 2013 and 2015, Jonathan returned home to the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex at Dakota Community Centre to celebrate with his home town community. A hockey card, using the photo above, was created specifically by the Dakota Community Centre for his 2015 celebration and distributed to all who attended. 

The 95,000 square foot Jonathan Toews Sportsplex houses two indoor ice rinks; a gymnasium, nursery school, skate shop, athletic centre, strength training facility, a canteen, the Centre’s administrative offices, as well as numerous multi-purpose spaces.

A new 60,000 square foot Fieldhouse is currently under construction and will be connected to the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex by a covered walkway, when it’s complete in June 2017.

The Dakota Community Centre community is very proud of Jonathan's many accomplishments and honoured that his name is part of our Centre's identity.