Jonathan Toews - Dakota Community Centre's 'Hometown Hero'

Ever wonder how the current facilities at the Dakota Community Centre got to be named after the extremely talented Jonathan Toews, Captain of the Chicago Black Hawks and one of the best and most decorated hockey players in the world?   

Toews was born in 1988 in Winnipeg, where at a very young age began his hockey career playing for the Dakota Lazers and continued to excel through all levels of minor hockey in South St. Vital.  As the familiar story goes, he went on to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota before being drafted in the 2006 NHL entry draft.  With the Blackhawks since 2007, his hard-work and incredible talent has lead them to three Stanley Cup Victory’s in a five year period!   He is also two-time winter Olympic gold medalist, and has been awarded a plethora of other honours including the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy.  Notwithstanding his rocket rise to fame, Jonathan and his family remain staunch supporters of the Centre and the community where it all began. 

When Toews won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2010, Jonathan brought the cup home to Dakota CC, where the largest parade that southeast Winnipeg has ever seen was held for Jonathan, to celebrate with the community he called home.   To showcase this overwhelming pride, the City and Dakota CC announced that the childhood place where he began his career, Dakota Community Centre, would have its facilities named for Jonathan to honor all of his accomplishments.  

Toews has returned to his hometown and to his ‘home club’, to celebrate with the community after each of his three Stanley cup wins, in 2010, 2013 and again in 2015. 

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 extremely honoured that our Centre bears the name of this world-class hockey role model. 

Congratulations Jonathan and Team Canada – 2016 World Cup of Hockey Champions!

You’ve done your community proud, yet again!

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