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Toews named alternate captain for Team Canada

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews will have a little something extra stitched on his Team Canada sweater during the Winter Olympics.

Toews will wear an "A" for Canada after being named an alternate captain Sunday morning for the tournament next month in Sochi, Russia. The Penguins' Sidney Crosby will be the captain and Shea Weber of the Predators is the other alternate.

"It's a pretty huge honor," Toews said following the Hawks' 3-2 victory over the Bruins. "First and foremost to be on that team is amazing and to be considered one of those guys at my age (25) that they look to for leadership, I'm excited about that. I'm excited for the challenge. I know it's going to be different than the role I played last time. It's not going to be easy but I'm looking forward to it."

Toews was named outstanding forward of the 2010 Winter Games after helping lead Canada to the gold in Vancouver and has since won two Stanley Cups with the Hawks.

"I'm just going to do what normally makes me a successful hockey player and try to bring as much as I can to the table," he said.

Said Team Canada coach Mike Babock in a statement: "Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams. These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful."

Moving up: With the Hawks' victory, Joel Quenneville moved into a tie with Dick Irvin for third-most career coaching victories with 692.

"I'm very fortunate to have been in three great spots and some real nice teams in front of us," Quenneville said."I've been around a long time now and we'll keep moving forward with a good group here."

Mix zone: Toews spent 10 minutes in the penalty box during the second period after drawing a misconduct for flipping part of a broken stick into the crowd.

How did he spend the time?

"Just talking to the guys in there," Toews said "Every once in a while kind of talking to the refs. I wasn't aware of that penalty. I don't even know how my stick went over the glass. I just kind of tossed it and made sure it was out of the way if the puck came back in that area and I guess it went over the glass. Kind of unfortunate. At least I didn't put our team down a goal."

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