Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 4, 2011

Man of the Day 7/4: Patrick Kane

Happy Fourth of July! To honor our country’s independence, we’ve chosen an all-American guy for our MotD.

Patrick Timothy Kane, Jr.

Born November 19, 1988 (age 22) in Buffalo, NY, USA

Right Winger for the Chicago Blackhawks

Whether you call him Kaner, P. Kane or Lil Peekaboo (as Patrick Sharp did two seasons ago), you can’t deny Patrick Kane’s talent.

Although he got into hockey at the age of seven – rather old compared to others – he hit the ice and worked his way up through several teams in western New York. At the tender age of 14, he left home to play with the Honeybaked AAA Hockey Club in Michigan, where he lived with the awesome Pat Verbeek (the only NHL player to rack up 500 goals in his career). After three years, he played on the U18 team in the National Team Development Program, where he represented the United States in international play.

He then took his talent to the Ontario Hockey League, where the London Knights were waiting after drafting him in 2004. After racking up 145 points in the regular season and 31 points in 16 postseason games, he was named Rookie of the Year and came in second for league MVP.

When it came time for the 2007 NHL Draft, he was the #1 overall pick. The Chicago Blackhawks took him and signed him to a 3 year contract a month later. In that first season, he scored his first goal against José Théodore (then with the Colorado Avalanche) and finished the season with 72 points. That earned him the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year.

Just chillin' with my mouthguard while I look at the scoreboard, nbd.

If you’re a big hockey fan (specifically a Blackhawks fan), you probably know all about the infamous cab driver incident. I won’t say anything about it other than he hasn’t let it define who he is. You want proof?

June 9, 2010. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals with the Blackhawks against the Philadelphia Flyers. In overtime Kaner sneaks the puck into the net, where it gets stuck in the padding, and flails as he skates down the ice in victory. In that moment he became the youngest player to score a Cup-winning goal in OT.

And for such a young man, he has quite the list of awards: U18 All Star Team (2006), OHL All-Rookie Team, All Star Team and Rookie of the Year (2007), NHL All-Rookie Team (2008), Calder Trophy (2008), Olympic silver medalist (2010), Stanley Cup champion (2010) and alternate captain for the 2011 All-Star Game.

Fun fact: Patrick has three younger sisters – Erica, Jessica and Jacqueline. Every year during the offseason, he takes them to the mall for a shopping spree. He gives them a limit, but they always manage to wiggle their way around it. He doesn’t mind – he says it’s enough to see the smiles on their faces.

Awww, Kaner and Ryan Miller giving each other hockey hugs.

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