Patrick Kane (born Patrick Timothy Kane II on November 19, 1988 in Buffalo, New York) is an American professional ice hockey right wing/center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Minor & Junior Playing CareerEdit
When Kane was fourteen years old, he played junior hockey for the USA Bobcats, scoring many goals and earning the title of MVP. He relocated to Michigan where he lived with former NHL player Pat Verbeek, having been convinced to play for the Honeybaked AAA hockey club in Detroit. His career with Honeybaked lasted three years.
The London Knights drafted Kane in the 5th round of the 2004 Ontario Hockey League Midget Draft, but he did not choose to play for the Knights until the 2006–07 season. Instead, he played for the United States U-18 National Team Development Program (NTDP), where he led the team in scoring with 102 points during the 2005–06 season.
Playing on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn and Sam Gagner the following season with London, Kane amassed 145 points for the OHL scoring title and combined with Gagner and Kostitsyn for 394 points.
Kane and the Knights finished the post-season by losing in the OHL's Western Conference final to the Plymouth Whalers in a 4-1 best of 7 series. He finished his postseason with 10 goals and 21 assists for a total of 31 points in 16 games.
On April 27, 2007, Kane was announced as the winner of the Emms Family Award for the OHL rookie of the year. He was also named runner-up to John Tavares for the Red Tilson Trophy as league MVP.
On June 25, 2007, Kane threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game on June 25, 2007 at Wrigley Field. He later joined Denis Savard, the Blackhawks' coach, in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Kane also threw the first pitch at a Buffalo Bisons (AAA) game in August.
NHL Playing CareerEdit
Going into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kane was ranked first among North American prospects by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and was chosen first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
On July 25, 2007, Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon announced that they had Kane to a three year contract.
On October 4, 2007, he made his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild and had his first assist and first shootout goal, a game-winner, two days later against Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings.
On October 19, 2007, Kane scored his first NHL regulation time goal on José Théodore of the Colorado Avalanche. With a quick start to his rookie campaign, he was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October on November 2, 2007, after tallying 5 goals and 11 assists in 12 games.
On December 15, 2007, Kane and the Blackhawks visited the Buffalo Sabres for a regular season game. It was the first time he had come back to Buffalo as a pro hockey player.
Kane received a special cheer from his hometown and a special ceremony was held before the game. The Blackhawks lost the game 3-1 with him scoring their lone goal.
Kane finished his first NHL campaign atop the rookie scoring race with 72 points. On June 12, 2008, he received the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best rookie player, finishing ahead of teammate Jonathan Toews and Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Bäckström.
The following season, Kane and Toews helped lead a rejuvenated Blackhawks team back to the playoffs. After recording 70 points in the regular season, he notched his first career hat trick in the 2009 playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks in the second round on May 11, 2009.
The Blackhawks won the game 7-5, clinching their spot in the Western Conference Final for the first time since 1995. After the game, he told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was "fired up" after Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell claimed that Kane "couldn't play five-on-five."
Kane finished his first NHL playoffs with 14 points in 16 games as the Blackhawks were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Detroit Red Wings.
In May of 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kane would be the cover athlete for EA Sports' NHL 10.
In the final season of his initial rookie contract, Kane signed a 5-year, reported $31.5 million extension to remain with the Blackhawks on December 3, 2009. The deal was announced simultaneously with contract extensions to both Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith] as well.
In the 2009–10 season, Kane finished with a career-high 88 points to rank 9th in the NHL in scoring.
On June 9, 2010, he scored the overtime winner when he shot the puck under the pads of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and into the net, winning the Blackhawks the Stanley Cup. The goal ended a 49-year Stanley Cup drought for the Blackhawks.
It also made him the youngest person in NHL history to score a Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime; that title previously belonged to Bobby Orr in 1970. Kane was selected as an alternate captain for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
In the 2012–13 season, Jonathan Toews tied Kane for the team lead in goals with 23. Kane finished the season as the team leader in assists (32) and points (55).
On June 8, 2013, Kane notched his second career postseason hat-trick in the 2013 playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings in double overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. That goal at 11:40 in double overtime advanced the team to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. It was his second Stanley Cup Final appearance.
The Blackhawks would wind up winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in six games. Kane contributed by scoring three goals (one in Game 4 and two in Game 5) to win the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP.
In addition, Kane was the first winger since Claude Lemieux in 1995 and the first number one overall draft pick since Mario Lemieux in 1992 to win the Conn Smythe.
On March 19, 2014, Kane injured his left leg following a collision with Brenden Morrow in a game against the St. Louis Blues, causing him to miss the remainder of the regular season, but he returned in the postseason.
On July 9, 2014, the Blackhawks announced that Kane and Jonathan Toews had both signed eight year contract extensions which is set to start running on July 1, 2015 with an annual average value of $10.5 million.
International Playing CareerEdit
Kane has competed internationally for the United States.
He first represented the United States in the 2006 IIHF U18 Championships, in which he led the tournament in scoring with 12 points (five goals and seven assists) in only six games played. His two points per game pace led the United States to the gold medal and earned him individual all-star team honors.
The next year, he moved onto the United States' U20 team at the 2007 World Juniors. Kane was one of only three players on the team playing major junior hockey. He continued his international pace with five goals and four assists in seven games to finish second in tournament scoring and once again, garner an all-star team selection.
His team did not perform as well as his U18 team, but they did manage to go home with the bronze medal.
After making the NHL and being unable to play in the 2008 WJC due to professional commitments with the Chicago Blackhawks, Kane played in the 2008 World Championships. He posted 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in seven games as the United States finished fifth.
Kane was selected to represent the United States in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver where he and the team won the silver medal. During the tournament, he scored three goals and two assists in six games.
On October 24, 2012, Kane signed a contract to play for the Swiss club EHC Biel during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
In 20 NLA games, he scored 13 goals and had 10 assists beside Tyler Seguin, the other lockout player in Biel. Kane played for HC Davos in the 2012 Spengler Cup.
Kane represented the United States again in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. He missed two penalty shots in a loss against Finland in the bronze medal game.
Awards & AchievementsEdit
- 2006 U18 All-Star Team
- OHL All-Rookie Team (2007)
- OHL First All-Star Team (2007)
- OHL Rookie of the Year (2007)
- CHL Rookie of the Year (2007)
- 2007 WJC All-Star Team
- NHL All-Rookie Team (2008)
- Calder Memorial Trophy (2008) - Rookie of the Year
- Played in Three All-Star Games (2009, 2011, 2012)
- Second Star of the Week, December 20–26, 2009
- Third Star of the Month, December 2009
- 2010 Winter Olympics silver medal
- 2010 Stanley Cup champion
- Scored the Stanley Cup Winning Goal 2010
- 2010 First Team NHL All-Star
- THN's Pavel Bure Award (Best Shootout Shooter) (2013)
- Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP) 2013
- 2013 Stanley Cup champion
- First Star of the Month, November 2013
- First Star of the Month, December 2013
Kane is the only son of Patrick and Donna Kane. He has three sisters: Erica, Jessica and Jacqueline.
During the offseason, he lives in Hamburg, New York in a house on the shores of Lake Erie which he purchased in March 2012. He currently lives in Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
He has an endorsement deal with Bauer Hockey and uses Bauer equipment during games.
On August 9, 2009, Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane were arrested in Buffalo. According to a police report, he was apprehended around 5:00 a.m. after allegedly punching cab driver Jan Radecki when he claimed to not have proper change for their trip fare. Kane and his cousin's cab fare came out to be $14.80 and they gave him $15.00.
Kane was charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and theft of services. He pled not guilty.
On August 17, 2009, Kane apologized for the distress he caused, saying he had been "at the wrong place at the wrong time," and mentioned his family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization and their fan base, but not Radecki.
On August 19, 2009, Kane and his cousin appeared before a grand jury. While they were cleared of any felony charges, the two were still indicted on less severe misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges. The next day, Kane and his cousin reiterated their not guilty pleas. On August 27, 2009, Kane and cousin pled guilty to noncriminal disorderly conduct charges, and were both given conditional discharges, avoiding any penalties if they stayed out of trouble for a year and also ordered to apologize to Radecki.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
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