Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews is known for captaining the ice. But off the ice, he captained a 1935 Cossey Replica boat.

Now, he’s offering the keys to that vessel to one lucky bidder at an ADESA Winnipeg public auction on April 26. Proceeds will support the children’s charity, Variety Manitoba.

ADESA Winnipeg has worked very closely with Variety for more than 25 years, raising more than $1 million to help improve the lives of countless children and families in Manitoba.

The Winnipeg Sun recently covered the upcoming auction and shares the story behind this classic boat:

Jerry Maslowsky (CEO of Variety) had been looking at ways to make the charity more visible in the community since joining Variety in 2014, following his 15 years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he was a vice-president and senior executive.

He happened to meet Andree Gilbert, Toews’s mother, and she floated an idea about the family’s boat.

“They’re a wonderful family and coincidentally my son played hockey against Jonathan way, way back,” Maslowsky said. “We were talking and (Gilbert mentioned) they had a boat that Jonathan had and they really weren’t using it … and Andree said ‘Is this something that Variety could use?’ ”

She didn’t have to ask Maslowsky twice as he knew the boat was a perfect fit for Variety’s Bids for Kids program.

The boat is fitted with a 250 horsepower 327 Chevy V8 engine. Heshka commented on Variety’s Facebook post that it has leather upholstery, is trimmed with beautiful rare chrome hardware, and is “definitely one of the finest boats to come out of the shop.”

“We want to help as many kids as we can throughout Manitoba through the generosity of the Toews family,” Maslowsky said.

“Variety has been around since 1978 and it’s raised over $30 million that has stayed here throughout the province of Manitoba. We have helped over 800,000 children in all those years.”

ADESA is looking forward to working with Toews to auction off this unique vehicle on behalf of a great cause. On this specific item, we are accepting pre-bids 24/7 leading up to our April 26 auction.

If you would like to bid on this item, please call 204-631-3850, or email

To learn more about the boat and our auction, visit ADESA Winnipeg’s website.