Jonathan Toews is honoring a local nurse in The Real Heroes Project, an initiative that has brought sports stars from across the globe together to honor frontline and healthcare workers.
Toews uploaded his video to Twitter on Wednesday morning, showing him covering his own name on his jersey and writing "H. Lesnik" instead, for Hayley Lesnik.
Hayley, I am proud to wear your name on my back! The @NHLBlackhawks are incredibly grateful for you and all your fellow nurses in this fight. I know you battled COVID yourself and are now donating your antibodies to help find a treatment. You're truly a hero! #TheRealHeroes pic.twitter.com/UYuwtwvM5x
— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 6, 2020
"I'm proud to put Hayley Lesnik on my jersey," Toews said in the video. "Hayley is a Chicago-area nurse. She's had COVID herself and is using her antibodies to try and help people who are dealing with this illness."
"You have all the selfless leadership qualities that we the Blackhawks, myself included, aspire to possess."
Kind words coming from one of the most respected captains in all of hockey.
Before he signed off, Toews offered one more bit of encouragement to Lesnik.
"Keep fighting the good fight, and I couldn't be more proud to have you on my jersey."
Jonathan Toews honors Chicago-area nurse in Real Heroes Project originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago