July 18th, 2008: The Chicago Blackhawks announce Jonathan Toews as the team’s new captain. Incidentally, he’s also the youngest captain in team history and the third youngest (at the time) in NHL history.
It’s incredible to look back at now with perfect hindsight, but at the time the move was seen as questionable considering that Toews was only coming off his rookie season in which he potted 24 goals and 54 points. Of course, the move looks genius now as Toews has guided the Hawks to three Stanley Cups in 9 seasons.
Hey… sometimes you just know. In the case of Toews, the Blackhawks just knew.