Jonathan Toews reveals lengthy health battle with Chronic Immune Response Syndrome

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Aug 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates during the warmup period against the Vegas Golden Knights in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews broke his silence over his health issues today. In a two minute long video, he revealed he has been battling with Chronic Immune Response Syndrome.

“What they were calling is was Chronic Immune Response syndrome, where I couldn’t just quite recover,” Toews explained. “My immune system was reacting to everything I did – any kind of stress – it took some time. That was the frustrating part, not really knowing when or how I was going to get over the hump.”

Jonathan Toews illness cost him the season

Back in December, the Blackhawks announced that Toews would be out indefinitely. At the time, all that was revealed was the symptom of chronic fatigue.

“This offseason, I’ve been experiencing symptoms that have left me feeling drained and lethargic. I am working with doctors so I can better understand my condition,” Jonathan Toews said in a team release.

“Until I can get my health back to a place where I feel I can perform at an elite level and help my team,” Toews continued. “I will not be joining the Blackhawks for training camp. I do not have a timetable for when I will rejoin the team.”

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Aug 16, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews skates before game four of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Toews looking to be ready for next season

The 33 year-old center with 815 points in 943 career games is looking to be back for next season.

“I wasn’t too vocal about the things I went through this year,” Toews continued. “I want to thanks the fans and the organization… I’m excited to get back to the United Center and play – just go out there and have fun – I’m excited to get back out there in front of the fans.”

This is fantastic news and we look forward to seeing Toews back on the ice.