Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks are in Winnipeg to take on the Jets this weekend, marking Toews's first game in his hometown in a regular NHL season.
Toews will hit the ice Saturday afternoon at the MTS Centre as the Blackhawks aim for a third consecutive victory (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 2 p.m. CT).
The game will mark the first time the Blackhawks captain, who grew up in Winnipeg, plays in his hometown during the regular season.
"I'm definitely looking forward to going home," he told reporters earlier this week.
"That's where I started, is watching the Winnipeg Jets play as a young kid. Never really thought, you know, throughout those years ... that I'd ever get the chance to go back there. So it's pretty amazing."
He's not the only one excited about coming back to Winnipeg: his parents, Andree Gilbert and Bryan Toews, have travelled to the city for Saturday's match.
"We never thought that he'd be playing an NHL game in Winnipeg, a regular season game," the elder Toews told CBC News on Friday.
"The whole family will be there, lots of friends and coaches that coached Jonathan when he was young, so we're all excited to be there and cheer him on," Gilbert said.
Toews has brought the Stanley Cup to Winnipeg twice — earlier this year and in 2010 — and a local community centre is named after him. He received the keys to the city of Winnipeg following Chicago's Stanley Cup win in 2010.
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But when asked about a possible future playing for Winnipeg — Toews becomes a free agent in 2016 — he replied that Chicago is his home now.
"I love Chicago. Chicago is my home and these fans here have given me everything I can ask for as a player in six great years, let alone an entire career," he said.
"I think when you think about that, you definitely owe something back to those people."