Patrick Kane, born on November 19, 1988, is an American professional ice hockey player and the alternate captain of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks. In the 2007 N.H.L. Entry Draft, he was selected first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane also represented the United States in the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014. During the 2015–16 N.H.L. season, Kane earned the Hart Memorial Trophy as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ and the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion. He was also the first player born in the United States to receive the Hart Trophy. He was labeled one of the 100 greatest NHL players in 2017. Kane also became the youngest player in U.S. history to reach 1,000 career regular-season points on January 19, 2020. Right here we will help you in celebrating this talented athlete’s special day.
Patrick Kane was born on November 19, 1988, in Buffalo, New York City, to Donna and Kiki Kane. He grew up in a middle-class family with three younger sisters. He has been a hockey fan since he was old enough to walk and has played for local Buffalo clubs as a child. While Kane was growing up, a hockey arena was being built in his hometown of Buffalo, and he worked hard to improve his game. Before all of that, he learned the fundamentals of ice hockey from his father, who encouraged him at every step. Kane played in the Wheatfield Summer League when he was nine years old and scored numerous goals in a row. He performed so well that the parents of other children became concerned, prompting the managers to remove Kane from the game. This only demonstrated his readiness to face much stronger opponents. He used to play 300 games per year, and as he reached the age of 14, his professional career took off. Kane was contacted by the Honeybaked AAA Midget Team in Detroit and accepted the offer right away. He stayed with Honeybaked for three years before leaving at the age of 17. Kane was still in high school and attending Detroit Country Day School at the time. When it was time to choose between school and hockey, he ended up opting for the latter and dropped out, with the support of his parents.
Kane was excelling at the junior level year after year, and it was clear that he would be one of the top picks in the 2007 N.H.L. draft. Not only was he the top-ranked junior among North American Prospects, but he was also chosen first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. The official announcement was made in July 2007, and he made his N.H.L. debut against the Minnesota Wild in October 2007. He managed to score his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings on October 6. Kane’s electrifying play throughout his first NHL season earned him Rookie of the Month honors in October 2007. He finished his first N.H.L. season as the leading scorer with 72 points. His arrival significantly improved the Blackhawks’ game, as he went on to score a hat-trick against the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the 2009 playoffs. As a result, he led his team to the Conference Cup finals for the first time since 1995.
However, the team was defeated in the final by the Detroit Red Wings. As his contract with the Blackhawks was coming to an end, he signed a five-year extension with them. Kane scored 88 points in the 2009-10 season, placing him ninth in the N.H.L. standings. The Blackhawks ended up first in the Central Division and second in the Western Conference. Kane scored the game-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, giving his team its first Stanley Cup in 49 years. He became the youngest player in Stanley Cup history to score the game-winning goal. Following this significant accomplishment, he was named substitute captain of his team for the 2011 N.H.L. All-Star Game. Kane also led his team to the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, and at the end of the tournament, he was granted the Conn Smythe Trophy for his outstanding performance.
In 2014, Kane’s contract with the Blackhawks was extended for an additional eight years. He concluded the 2014-15 N.H.L. season as one of the league’s top goal scorers. For the 2016 All-Star Games, he was named captain of the Central Division team. Kane scored 100 points for the season in an April game against the Boston Bruins, becoming the first Blackhawk player to do so since the 1993-94 season. He finished the season with 106 points, a league-high, and received the Hart Memorial Trophy for his performance.
In the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, his form faltered, and his team was eliminated in the first round. Kane reached 800 career points in a game against the New York Islanders in January 2018. As a result, he became the franchise’s fifth player to reach the milestone. In June 2018, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is given to the best NHL rookie player. Kane earned his 1,000th N.H.L. career point on January 19, 2020, against the Winnipeg Jets, by assisting on Brandon Saad’s goal. On February 28, 2021, he scored his 400th career goal against the Detroit Red Wings, making him the 100th player in N.H.L. history to do so. Kane was ranked the ‘Top N.H.L. Player’ at the 2021 ESPY Awards following the conclusion of the season. Despite playing with an undisclosed injury, he appeared in 78 games for the Blackhawks during the 2021–22 N.H.L. season, tallying 26 goals and 66 assists.
Kane is a member of the U.S. U-18 men's team, and he and his teammates win gold medals at the National Tournament.
Kane makes his N.H.L. debut playing with the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wilds.
Kane and his team face the Philadelphia Flyers in the finals and he scores the game-winning OT goal in game 6 to end the Blackhawks' 49-year Stanley Cup drought.
Kane leads his team to the Stanley Cup finals and is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for his outstanding performance at the end of the tournament.
Kane assists Brandon Saad on his goal and achieves his 1,000th N.H.L. career point against the Winnipeg Jets.
Kane scores his 400th career goal against the Detroit Red Wings, making him the 100th player in N.H.L. history to do so.
Why We Love Patrick Kane
He was close to his grandfather
Kane was very close to his grandfather, who died on February 3, 2014, at the age of 87, before one of his games. Kane did not tell his teammates, but when the game began, he scored a goal 62 seconds in. Sixty-two years is the age difference between him and his grandfather, and the timing of the goal was like a cosmic sign to his family.
He is among the top hockey players
Kane will unarguably be remembered as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Fans adore him not only for being a fantastic player but also for what sets him apart from the crowd. Kane scores goals and moves the puck like no one else in the league, and he does it with style at times.
He contributes to charity
Kane joins charity events to assist people who are struggling and in need of help. In 2012, he participated in the Champs for Charity ice hockey game, which raised $323,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. In 2016, Kane also took part in the Denis Savard Charity Golf Tournament.
5 Surprising Facts
He marks his sticks for good luck
For good luck, Kane has a habit of writing his New York area code 716 on the bottom of his sticks near the blade.
He has had only one hockey fight
Kane has had only one fight in his N.H.L. career; he fought with Jussi Jokinen, which ended in a draw after the referees separated them.
He is a remarkable dancer
Kane can dance and has his dance called the “Kaner Shuffle,” which he first performed at a Buffett concert.
He used to play “girly games”
To get his three sisters to play sports with him, Kane had to play with dolls and house games with them.
He likes everything painted black
Kane's favorite color is black, and he prefers his belongings to be in that color; when he was a kid, his father sprayed all of his equipment black.
Patrick Kane FAQs
Does Patrick Kane have a child?
Kane and his girlfriend, Amanda Grahovec, welcomed their first child, Patrick Timothy Kane III, in November 2020.
Will Patrick Kane stay with Chicago?
According to reports, Kane intends to re-sign with the Blackhawks after his current contract expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.
What is Patrick Kane's preferred hockey stick?
Kane’s preferred stick is the Bauer Vapor 1X Lite stick.
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