Patrick Kane

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Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane 2009.jpg
Kane warming up during the 2009–10 NHL season
Born (1988-11-19) November 19, 1988 (age 25)
South Buffalo, NY, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Center/Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
EHC Biel
National team  United States
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2007
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2007–present

Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right wing/center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Kane won his first career Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, scoring the overtime game-winning goal during Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals on June 9, 2010. Three years later, he won his second Stanley Cup, while also winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kane is the fourth overall American-born player to win the award and first forward of the group.

Playing career[edit]

Minor and junior[edit]

When Kane was fourteen, he played junior hockey for the USA Bobcats, scoring many goals and earning the title of MVP. Kane 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. The club is a part of the Midwest Elite Hockey League. Kane's career with Honeybaked lasted for 3 years.[1]

The London Knights drafted Kane in the 5th round of the 2004 Ontario Hockey League Midget Draft,[2] but he did not choose to play for the Knights until the 2006–07 season.[3] Instead, Kane played for the United States U-18 National Team Development Program (NTDP), where he led the team in scoring with 102 points[4] during the 2005–06 season. Playing on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn and Sam Gagner the following season with London, he amassed 145 points for the OHL scoring title and combined with Gagner and Kostitsyn for 394 points.[3]

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.[4] He was also named runner-up to John Tavares for the Red Tilson Trophy as league MVP.[5]

Kane threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game on June 25, 2007 at Wrigley Field.[6] Kane later joined Denis Savard, the Blackhawks' coach, in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".[6] Kane also threw the first pitch at a Buffalo Bisons (AAA) game in August.

NHL career[edit]

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 signed right winger Patrick Kane to a three year contract.[7] He made his NHL debut on October 4, 2007 against the Minnesota Wild,[8] and had his first assist and first shootout goal, a game-winner, two days later against Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings.[9] On October 19, 2007, he scored his first NHL regulation time goal on José Théodore of the Colorado Avalanche.[10] With a quick start to his rookie campaign, Kane 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 Kane 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 Kane scoring their lone goal.

Kane in 2009.

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.[11]

The following season, Kane and Toews helped lead a rejuvenated Blackhawks team back to the playoffs. After recording 70 points in the regular season, Kane 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.[12] After the game, Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was "fired up" after Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell claimed that Kane "couldn't play five-on-five."[12] He 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 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kane would be the cover athlete for EA Sports' NHL 10.[13]

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, Kane 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 Kane 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 Patrick Kane for the team lead in goals with 23. Kane finished the season as the team leader in assists (32) and points (55).

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 on June 8, 2013. That goal at 11:40 in double overtime advanced the team to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. It was Kane's second Stanley Cup Final appearance. The Blackhawks would wind up winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in six games, and 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.[14][15]

Kane injured his left leg following a collision with Brenden Morrow in a game against the St. Louis Blues on March 19, 2014. He missed the remainder of the regular season but returned in the postseason.[16]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Sweden
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2006 Sweden

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[4] and earned him individual all-star team honors.

The next year, he moved onto the United States' U20 team at the 2007 World Juniors. He 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, he 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 Kane scored 13 goals and had 10 assists beside Tyler Seguin, the other lockout player in Biel. He 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.

Personal life[edit]

Kane is the son of Patrick and Donna Kane. He has three sisters: Erica, Jessica, and Jacqueline.[17] 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.[18]

Patrick has an endorsement deal with Bauer Hockey.[19] He uses Bauer equipment during games.

Assault and theft charges[edit]

On August 9, 2009, Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested in Buffalo. According to a police report, Kane 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.[20]

Kane was charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and theft of services. He pled not guilty. On August 17, 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.[21] Kane and his cousin appeared before a grand jury on August 19.[22] While they were cleared of any felony charges, the two were still indicted on less severe misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges.[22] Kane and his cousin reiterated their not guilty pleas when appearing in court the next day.[23] On August 27, 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.[24]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Kane (#88, right) hoisting the Stanley Cup at the Blackhawks victory parade in downtown Chicago.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 63 38 32 70 16
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 58 52 50 102 22
2006–07 London Knights OHL 58 62 83 145 52 16 10 21 31 16
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 21 51 72 52
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 25 45 70 42 16 9 5 14 12
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 30 58 88 20 22 10 18 28 6
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 27 46 73 28 7 1 5 6 2
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 23 43 66 40 6 0 4 4 10
2012–13 EHC Biel NLA 20 13 10 23 6
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 23 32 55 8 23 9 10 19 8
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 29 40 69 22 19 8 12 20 8
NHL totals 515 178 315 493 212 93 37 54 91 46

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States U18 6 7 5 12 2
2007 United States WJC 7 5 4 9 4
2008 United States WC 7 3 7 10 0
2010 United States Oly 6 3 2 5 2
2014 United States Oly 6 0 4 4 4
Senior totals 19 6 13 19 6

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME Participant Bios". CHL. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Patrick Kane". OHL. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c "Patrick Kane Named OHL Rookie of the Year". OHL. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Tavares wins Red Tilson Trophy as OHL's Most Outstanding Player". OHL. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Lai, Jerry, Chicago Blackhawks Gallery (June 25, 2007), Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on July 7, 2007.
  7. ^ Blackhawks sign 1st overall pick (July 25, 2007), Chicago Blackhawks official website, July 25, 2007.[dead link]
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 4, 2007). "Recap - Wild 1, Blackhawks 0". NHL. Archived from the original on October 22, 2007. Retrieved October 20, 2007. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (October 6, 2007). "Recap - Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3, SO". NHL. Retrieved October 20, 2007. [dead link]
  10. ^ Associated Press (October 19, 2007). "Recap - Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 3". NHL. Retrieved October 20, 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=240520&lid=sublink05&lpos=topRelated_main
  12. ^ a b Ziehm, Len (May 12, 2009). "Trick, treat: Patrick Kane keys Hawks' win". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 12, 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ Ryan, Shannon (May 29, 2009). "In downtime, Chicago Blackhawks play hard -- at video games". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  14. ^ http://blackhawks.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013021039
  15. ^ "Chicago's Patrick Kane wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup playoff MVP". NHL.com. June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Hedger, Brian (2014-03-19). "Blackhawks forward Kane injured, out three weeks". NHL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  17. ^ Drehs, Wayne (May 18, 2009). "Raising Kane". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  18. ^ Patrick Kane buys Hamburg mansion for $2.68 million. BuffaloRising.com. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  19. ^ http://www.bauer.com/athlete/10778-BAUER
  20. ^ "Lawyer says Blackhawks star Patrick Kane's charges overblown" (August 10, 2009) Retrieved on August 11, 2009.
  21. ^ "Patrick Kane Press Conference". August 18, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  22. ^ a b Burnside, Scott (August 19, 2009). "Hawks' Kane indicted on misdemeanors". Associated Press (ESPN). Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  23. ^ Wawrow, John. "Blackhawks’ Kane pleads not guilty in Buffalo". Associated Press (Yahoo! Sports). Retrieved August 22, 2009. [dead link]
  24. ^ Thompson, Carolyn (August 27, 2009). "Blackhawks' Kane guilty of disorderly conduct". Associated Press (Yahoo! Sports). Retrieved August 28, 2009. [dead link]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Erik Johnson
NHL first overall draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Steven Stamkos
Preceded by
Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Kyle Beach
Preceded by
John Tavares
CHL Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Taylor Hall
Preceded by
Evgeni Malkin
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2008
Succeeded by
Steve Mason
Preceded by
Dion Phaneuf
EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL 10
Succeeded by
Jonathan Toews
Preceded by
Jonathan Quick
Conn Smythe Trophy winner
2013
Succeeded by
Justin Williams