8 random facts about number 88, Patrick Kane
1. Patrick Kane’s professional career started when he was drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
At the time, Kane, a Buffalo, NY native, was only the sixth American-born player ever taken first overall in the NHL Draft, following:
Erik Johnson (Bloomington, MN.) to the St. Louis Blues in 2006.
Rick DiPietro (Winthrop, MA) to the New York Islanders in 2000.
Bryan Berard (Woonsocket, RI) to the Ottawa Senators in 1995.
Mike Modano (Livonia, MI) to the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.
Brian Lawton (New Brunswick, NJ) to the Minnesota North Stars in 1983.
2. In Kane’s rookie NHL season, 2007-08, he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, narrowly edging out Blackhawks teammate and Canadian Olympic lynchpin Jonathan Toews in the voting.
3. In his third NHL season, 2009-10, Kane, at age 21, became the youngest player since Bobby Orr in 1970 to score a Stanley Cup-clinching goal in overtime. That year, he helped lead the Blackhawks to their first championship since 1961, which at the time was the longest Stanley Cup drought in the NHL.
Currently, the Toronto Maple Leafs have the longest drought without a Stanley Cup, not having won since 1967. The St. Louis Blues are also technically tied with the Maple Leafs for the longest no-championship drought, having come into the NHL in 1967 and having yet to win their first championship.
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4. Four months before winning his first Stanley Cup, Kane won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics playing for the United States.
Had Kane won gold at the Vancouver Olympics, he would have joined Ken Morrow of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the 1980 New York Islanders as the only American to have ever won an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup in the same year.
To date, Morrow and Neal Broten of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and 1995 New Jersey Devils are the only American players to have won both a Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal.
5. Kane won his second Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013, in the process winning the Conn Smythe Trophy (pictured below) as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Kane was the third straight American to win the Conn Smythe—but only the fourth ever—following Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Connecticut) of the 2012 Los Angeles Kings, Tim Thomas (Flint, Michigan) of the 2011 Boston Bruins and Brian Leetch (Corpus Christi, Texas) of the 1994 New York Rangers.
6. Kane has won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, who since coming into the NHL in 1926 have won a total of five championships.
The Chicago Stanley Cups that Kane was not part of came in 1961, 1938 and 1934.
7. His entire NHL career, Kane has worn number 88—1988 being the year he was born in—with the Chicago Blackhawks, whose “Blackhawks” name has only been spelled as one word since 1986.
Prior to 1986, Chicago’s hockey team had gone by the name “Black Hawks”, which was named by the team’s original owner, a coffee tycoon named Frederic McLaughlin, who named his hockey team after the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division in World War 1—nicknamed the “Black Hawk Division”—that he had been a commander in.
8. The Blackhawks, who Kane has played his entire NHL career with, entered the NHL in 1926, but were previously known as a team called the Portland (Oregon) Rosebuds, who played in the now-defunct Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1914-18, and again from 1925-26.
The Rosebuds’ significance to American hockey history is that they were the first U.S.-based team to ever play in a Stanley Cup Final, falling in 1916 to the Montreal Canadiens, whose victory over Portland was the first of their record 24 Stanley Cup championships.