Player of the Week - Patrick Kane

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A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Patrick Kane can now add viral video star to his resume. The 24-year old, 2013 Conn Smythe winner has been busy preparing for the upcoming season and this past week, he made some noise online with his ridiculous stick-handling skills, all captured on video by Bauer, the company who produces the VAPOR APX sticks that he uses. The video almost looks like a fake to the naked eye, but don’t be fooled, that is ‘Kaner’ in real-time and those are most certainly his ‘sick mitts’.

This past season, Kane was once again instrumental in leading the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup, the club’s second title in the past four years. His playmaking abilities and great shot were on display in a hard-fought final series against the Boston Bruins. Kane notched 3 goals and 2 assists in the six game series, including the game-winning goal in the Hawk’s game-five victory. He is a proven winner with an outstanding ability to make the players around him better, something the team is well aware of already – having signed him through to the 2014-15 season.

Internationally, Kane has represented the United States at various levels of competition and has a medal of every colour to show for it (gold – 2006 IIHF Under 18 Championships, silver – 2010 Olympic Games, bronze – 2007 World Junior Championships,).

- Kane finished the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 23 games and was named the postseason MVP, taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy

- Has appeared in five-straight postseasons as a member of the Blackhawks, recording 71 points (29 goals, 24 assists) in 74 career playoff games

BIOGRAPHY

  •  Born in Buffalo, New York on November 19, 1988
  •  Drafted in the 1st round, 1st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
  •  Is a three-time NHL All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012)
  •  Played two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team, recording 172 points (90 goals, 82 assists) in 121 games
  •  Two-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013)
  •  Scored the Stanley Cup winning goal in 2010, and won the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy
  •  Won the Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the NHL rookie of the year in 2008
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