On October 4, 2007, Patrick Kane made his NHL debut fresh off being the number one overall draft pick. The Blackhawks chose Kane over fellow American James Vanreimsdyk in 2007, solidifying their core for the next decade and a half.
It's hard to argue the idea that he may go down as the best American born player to ever play in the NHL. Patrick Kane helped change American hockey because he was.... superman.
Patrick Kane's list of accomplishments is undisputed as Hall of Fame worthy. He has been the face for the golden era of Blackhawks hockey and isn't anywhere close to done. The list is already impressive, but is progressing in the direction of becoming legendary.
In the pursuit of 1K, let's take a look back through other numbers that are significant in Patrick Kane's career.
Although a well known fact, let's revisit where Patrick Kane was selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Kane was the number one pick in 2007, becoming the co-face of the franchise with Jonathan Toews. Patrick Kane was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey league where he played for the London Knights. He was named the league's rookie of the year and runner-up for the MVP award in his draft year season.
2.5 was the points to game played ratio Patrick Kane posted in his lone season with the London Knights. Kane tallied 145 points (62 goals, 83 assists) in 58 games.
His lone Canadian juniors season performance earned him the #1 overall pick and cementing himself to become a USA hockey legend. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves too fast yet.
There is a player people associate with the #72, however 72 has another significance to Kane. In this case, its the point total Kane posted in his Rookie of the Year season.
Kane won the Calder Trophy for the league's rookie of the year by pacing rookies in scoring. The former #1 overall pick beat Nicklas Backstrom and teammate Jonathan Toews for the award, with both players finishing second and third, respectively.
106 for Patrick Kane is synonymous with the terms Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, and Hart. In 2015-16, Patrick Kane had a magical season, leading the league in scoring and taking home numerous honors that season. Kane partnered well with new addition Artemi Panarain that season, putting together one of the greatest individual seasons by an American in NHL history.
Aside from leading the league in scoring, Kane beat out Sidney Crosby and Jamie Benn in the Hart Memorial Trophy voting. Earning the Lindsay award was also quite the accomplishment, as the NHL Player's Association votes on that award. Kane was voted best player by the press and his peers.
Eight is great, and not just the number repeated on the back of Kane's jersey. 8 is the number of trophies Kane has in his collection of NHL awards. Kane's first trophy was the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 2007. He added the three trophies from his MVP season (Hart, Ted Lindsay, Art Ross), and also added a Conn Symthe Trophy in 2013 en route to his second Stanley Cup. Oh, cups! Yeah, he has three of those don't forget.
If you include Kane's international career, you can add five major accolades to his resume. Kane won gold at the 2006 World U18 Championships in Sweden for Team USA. Kane also earned a bronze medal in Sweden for the 2007 World Championships, a bronze medal in the 2018 World Championships in Denmark, and a silver medal in the 2010 Olympics as a member of Team USA.
Not only did Kane lead Team USA as captain to the Bronze medal in 2018, he also won tournament MVP after pacing the tournament with 20 points in ten games.
Eight is also the number of hat tricks Kane has in his career.
Patrick Kane has been named an NHL All-Star nine times in his career. He has been a staple in the event for his entire career.
Entering play on Tuesday night, Patrick Kane has recorded 1,060 career points in 999 games. He also just recently scored his 400th career goal. It's hard to imagine Kane going pointless on such a big night, but for now he stands at 1,060. By the end of the season, Kane could be flirting with 1,100 considering he's on pace for 82 points in 56 games as of now. That said, Kane has plenty of good hockey left and this point total is only going to climb.
Three is a number Patrick Kane surely hopes changes before the end of his career. Three is the current number of Stanley Cups Patrick Kane has won. Kane famously scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy during the 2013 Stanley Cup run, and after returning from injury helped the Hawks win in 2015.
It's safe to wonder whether or not the Blackhawks win those Stanley Cups without Patrick Kane, but that's a thought for another day.
Ah yes, the famous jersey number. Kane wore 88 in his days with the London Knights because some players, such as Sam Gagner, wore their number to reflect their birth year. Kane was born in 1988, making the decision to wear 88 pretty easy.
Kane took that number to the NHL and has made 88 famous not only in Chicago, but across the country. 88 will be synonymous with American hockey for a long time as up and coming players continue to idolize Kane.
1,000 games. What's unbelievable is Kane will accomplish the milestone before turning 33 years old. Kane has been playing his best hockey over the last few seasons, making one believe Kane can play at a high level for years to come.
Congratulations to Patrick Kane on 1,000 career games. He is just the 353rd player ever to accomplish the milestone in the NHL. In addition, Kane has played every game with the Blackhawks.
1,000 games is just another step on the journey to the Hall of Fame and the United Center rafters. He will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear the Blackhawks sweater.