Friday, January 29, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Patrick Kane

We've been graced with the opportunity to squeeze in one more of these before the weekend officially hits. As mentioned, we're inspecting the forwards first, moving, at some point to the defensive pairings next week, and eventually, we'll tackle the goalies. We started with a guy that makes his home in the Central Division, jumped out west, headed east, and now we're back in the midwest again.

Patrick Kane is 21 years old. He plays right wing and shoots left-handed for the Chicago Blackhawks. The former first-round (first overall) draft pick is in the midst of his third professional season, and he's having a hell of a season. In his rookie campaign, he played in all 82 games, and, as just a 19-year-old, he amassed 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists), earning him a Calder Memorial Trophy. One season ago, he saw action in two fewer contests, but still tallied 70 points. This year, 54 games in, he has 21 goals and 39 assists for 60 points. He is the epitome of promising.

There are two things of note about Kane: 1) He is a fierce competitor on the ice, and will likely eat a Canadian or two for breakfast this Olympics. 2) If you are a cab driver, and you arrive to pick up Mr. Kane, at around five in the morning, keep driving. If you drive a limo, however, and Kane is with a few young ladies, you might want to offer them a ride.