USA Hockey Player Profile: Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane will be competing in Sochi on the United States' hockey team. Hewon the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoff MVP last year, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to their second championship in four seasons. If the U.S. hockey team is going to perform well in the 2014 Olympics, Kane must be one of its best players.
Kane, 25, was the top pick in the 2007 NHL draft and has outperformed many other No. 1 picks from the last decade. He is on pace to soar past his career highs of 30 goals and 88 points this season. Hescored nine goalsand 10 assists in last season's playoff run.
Kane and teammate Jonathan Toews are considered the Blackhawks' one-two punch. Toews will be one of Canada's top players, so the two will be competing against each other in Sochi.
These teammates-turned-rivals may have several confrontations with Olympic glory on the line.
He recently tweeted about his excitment for the Sochi games.
Im excited to be a part of the #CheerstoSochi campaign! U can cheer on Team USA with your personal message here http://t.co/r9EPWomCB6 #SPON
Patrick Kane (@88PKane) January 21, 2014
Like many NHL players, Kane played in Europe during the 2012 lockout. Helived with his motherwhile competing in Switzerland, wherethere were no reported off-ice escapades, and has since returned to the NHL focused and on top of his game.
TheU.S. Olympic hockey teamannounced its roster in early January and, as expected, Kane made the cut.
"Its still part of my maturation process and something Im still trying to get better at. And the biggest thing, it was embarrassing. Thats from deep down inside me, Kane told theChicago Tribuneabout his past behavior, per Chris Kuc."
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