Patrick Kane is an American professional ice hockey player who plays for the National Hockey League team ‘Chicago Blackhawks’ as a right winger. Patrick has always been in love with hockey and excelled at the sport in his early teen years. In the 2004 Ontario Hockey League, he was drafted by London Knights and used the platform perfectly to showcase his skills. In the 2007 NHL Draft, he was among the first prospects and was signed on by the team Chicago Blackhawks as their first pick. As a member of Blackhawks, Patrick has won three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and emerged as one of the key players in their star studded line-up. He further became recipient of Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013 and for the 2015-16 season, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the MVP for that season. Thus, he became the first U.S. born ice hockey player to win both Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. He was included in the honourable list of 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017. For his national American team, he has played in the 2010 and 2014 Summer Olympics.
Childhood & Early Life
Patrick Kane was born in Buffalo, New York City, on November 19, 1988, to Donna and Kiki Kane. Patrick grew up with three younger sisters in the middle class household. He has been in love with hockey ever since he was old enough to walk and has played as a child player for the local Buffalo clubs.
While he was growing up, a hockey arena was under construction in his hometown of Buffalo and Patrick practised hard to polish his game. Before all that, he learned the basics of ice hockey from his father who supported Patrick on every step. His father used to drive him over to the tryouts only to cultivate his growing interest and skills in the game. Patrick was still underage to qualify in most teams during the tryouts, but it did give him a good chance to further prove his mettle among the older and better players.
At the age of 9, Patrick played in the Summer League in Wheatfield and scored many goals back to back. He performed so well that the parents of other kids got insecure leading the managers to bar Patrick from playing. This only proved that Patrick was all ready to take on much stronger opponents.
Although Patrick’s small frame was a cause of worry for his father, it turned out to be one of the many strengths Patrick possessed when it came to performing on field. At one time he was playing 300 games each year and when he approached the age of 14, his professional career received a head-start.
He was approached by the Honeybaked AAA Midget Team in Detroit to play for them and he immediately accepted the offer. Patrick played for Honeybaked for the next three years and left them at the age of 17. At the time, he was still in high school and was attending Detroit Country Day School. When the choice came down to choosing between school and hockey, he chose the latter and dropped out of school. His parents supported the decision.
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He was performing brilliantly on the junior level year after year and hence, it was apparent that he was to be one of the top choices for the 2007 NHL draft. Rightly enough, he was the top ranked junior among the North American Prospects and got selected as the first overall by Chicago Blackhawks. The official announcement was made in July 2007 and in October 2007, he made his official NHL debut against Minnesota Wilds. On October 6, he scored his first NHL goal against Detroit Redwings.
His electrifying performance throughout his debut NHL season awarded him the Rookie of the Month honour for October 2007. On December 15, Blackhawks played against Buffalo Sabres in their home ground and Patrick was welcomed with applauds despite being in the opponent team. Blackhawks lost the game 1-3 and the only goal for the team was scored by Patrick. With 72 points, Patrick ended his first NHL season with the top spot on the points tally.
In June 2018, he became the recipient of Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the best NHL rookie player. With his arrival, the Blackhawks’ game improved drastically as he went on scoring a hat-trick against Vancouver Canucks in second round of the 2009 play-offs. He thus led his team to qualify for the Conference Cup finals, which was the first for Blackhawks since 1995. However, the team in lost the final against Detroit Red Wings.
As his contract with Blackhawks approached its end, he signed another contract with them for five more years. In the 2009-10 season, Patrick scored 88 points to attain the 9th spot in NHL rankings. Blackhawks kept performing as per the expectations and attained first spot in Central Division and second in Western Conference.
In the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, he scored the winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers and got his team its first Stanley Cup in 49 years. The goal made him the youngest ever player to score the winning goal in Stanley Cup finals. Following this major achievement, he was made the alternate captain of his team for the 2011 NHL All Stars Game.
He further led his team to the finals of 2013 Stanley Cup and by the end of the tournament Patrick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for his excellent performance. In July 2014, Blackhawks management announced that Patrick’s contract had been extended to eight more years. Patrick ended the 2014-15 season as one of the leading goal-scorers by the end of NHL season.
Patrick was chosen as the captain of the Central Division team for the 2016 All-star Games. In an April game playing against Boston Bruins, Patrick finished 100 points for the season and became the first Blackhawk player to achieve the feat since 1993-94 season. He ended the season with 106 points, which was a league high. For his performance, he was awarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy.
His form wavered in the 2017 Stanley Cup play-offs and his team couldn’t go beyond the first round. In a January 2018 game against New York Islanders, Patrick finished his 800 career points. He thus became the fifth player in the franchise history to have touched the mark.
Patrick has played for his national American team as a part of their U18 squad during the 2006 IIHF U18 Championship. Then he played for the national U20 team, which won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Juniors. He further represented his team in the 2010 Olympic Games, where he led his team to win a silver medal. He further played for his national team during the 2014 Olympic Games.
While he is not playing, Patrick Kane lives in his mansion at Hamburg, New York, which is located on the shores of Lake Erie.
In 2015, it was announced by Buffalo News that Kane was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault charge. The police didn’t find any solid evidence against him and all charges on him were later declined.
In August 2009, Patrick was further apprehended by the Buffalo police for punching a cab driver. He pleaded not guilty at first but he later apologised for the distress he had caused.
Patrick is quite open in the media about his romantic relationship with Amanda Grahovec.