Toews, 33, missed all of last season with chronic immune response syndrome.
“The same answer I gave the other day, which is that we all hope he keeps his momentum, trains and feels better. Nothing derailed that, ”Bowman said of Toews’ return, according to NHL, com. “But with what he’s been through, we don’t know where it’s going to be. So here we are today, things are looking good and it is our thinking to move forward. “
The three-time Stanley Cup champion announced in June that he is back in skating and plans to return for a 14th season in the NHL.
“I think that’s the most important thing – that you realize there’s more to life than hockey,” Toews said in a video posted to Twitter. “But I’m so happy to go back to the United Center and play and go and have fun. And I think I’ll do my best and I’m delighted to be back in front of the fans. “
Toews scored 18 goals and 60 points in 70 games during the 2019-20 season. In 943 career games, he has 345 goals and 470 assists.
The Blackhawks have undergone several changes this offseason, including the addition of Seth Jones and Marc-André Fleury after swapping the defender Duncan Keith. Chicago was sixth in the Central Division last season with a 24-25-7 record.