Favorite team growing up? I liked the L.A. Kings because my favorite player was Wayne Gretzky.
Hockey idol? Gretzky. He was The Great One. He was awesome. I liked him when I was a really little guy. I had his jerseys. I was a pretty big fan.
Best hockey memory? Winning the World Junior Championship gold medal for the first time (in Vancouver in 2006).
Favorite NHL arena? I like Ottawa, Vancouver and Minnesota. Minnesota has a nice rink.
Least-favorite NHL arena? St. Louis, because I haven't done too well since I've been here.
Coolest place you've visited? Moscow. It was just so different and so big. A neat experience to be there. You assume that some people would speak English, but there's pretty much nothing. It's a totally different world. It was nice to do a little bit of touring there and learning about that country and play hockey there. I was in the world championships there last spring.
What pro athlete would you want to be? I'm not going to say Tiger Woods. He's got so much pressure on him all the time and it would be tough to be in his position. I'd like to try playing baseball, basketball or football. Especially in America, considering the attention they get.
Favorite activity on team charter? By far playing SOCOM on PSP.
Who do you like to eliminate most on that game? [ Patrick] Kane and [ Patrick] Sharp, because they are so full of themselves in that game.
Favorite TV shows? I like to watch "Rob and Big" and "Family Guy." "South Park" is one of my shows too. Those shows are what I look for when I'm hanging out.
What do you like to do in your free time? Honestly, this season has gone by so fast. I'd like to say there's a moment I can get comfortable in this league that I could start looking for other hobbies and other things to do, but truth be told, I'm either resting or eating or just relaxing when we're not on the ice.
Favorite music? Rock, alternative, classic rock, some country.
What do you like to read? I haven't read anything lately. I read [Dan Brown's] "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code." Those books were pretty interesting.
Favorite moment this season? There have been a lot of great moments. The best are after big wins at home and we're saluting the crowds.
Why No. 19? One of my heroes is Joe Sakic and he wears it. Steve Yzerman. A bunch of other guys like that. It's a special number.
If you weren't an athlete, what would you be doing? Probably running a business. I don't see myself having anything to do with science or being a doctor.
Cubs or White Sox? I haven't figured that out yet. I live close to Wrigley Field so I might have to start going for the Cubs. We'll see.
Favorite thing about Chicago? Just going out with the boys, going to grab a bite to eat after the games. There are a lot of places to hang out and socialize and just meet people your own age.
Meet the Hawks: Jonathan Toews, No. 19
The Hawks' young center steps up to talk about some of the highs and lows of his first season in the NHL
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