Jonathan Toews

by ethnic on October 8, 2010

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 8: Jonathan Toews (L) and Patrick Kane (R)

Birth Name: Jonathan Bryan Toews

Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date of Birth: April 29, 1988

*German (father)
*French-Canadian (mother)

Jonathan Toews is a Canadian professional hockey player. His brother, David Toews, is also a hockey player.

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather was Leonard P. Toews (the son of Cornelius T. Toews and Maria Penner). Cornelius was born in Manitoba, the son of Peter B. Toews and Anna B. Toews, who were ethnic Germans, from South Russia. Maria was born in Manitoba, the daughter of Heinrich Penner and Maria Friesen, who were also ethnic Germans, from South Russia.

Jonathan’s paternal grandmother was Mary Norma Reimer (the daughter of Klaas S. Reimer and Sarah K. Dueck). Mary Norma was from a family of ethnic Germans, from Molotschna Colony, South Russia. Klaas was born in Manitoba, the son of Peter W. Reimer and Gottliebe Sharein. Sarah was the daughter of Johann R. Dueck and Margaretha P. Kroeker.

Sources: Genealogy of Jonathan Toews (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, Leonard P. Toews –

Obituary of Jonathan’s paternal grandmother, Mary Norma (Reimer) Toews –

Photo by Debby Wong/

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andrew June 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

There should be a tag for all German-descendants from Russia. Were his forebears from Bessarabia or Volga region?

bablah June 25, 2017 at 5:37 am

Uh, I don’t actually remember, but they were Mennonites I think. Possibly from Ukraine, or not. I’ll check it out later when my computer’s on.

bablah June 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm
bearboy June 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Anyone else here a big NHL fan?

andrew June 25, 2017 at 5:18 am

NFL, NHL and MLB are not much popular out of U.S.

Btw being of Irish descent do you like Gaelic sports?

bearboy September 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm

To answer your question not really. On my half Irish side my ancestors left for America 3-4 generations ago so I haven’t learned too much about my Irish heritage/culture and I haven’t even been to the country even though I really wish to go one day. My family comes from Kerry and Cork btw.

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