Patrick Kane Reaches the Incredible 1000 Games Plateau

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Patrick Kane is one of the generational talents of the hockey world and has finally reached the 1000 games mark. On March 10th, 2021 Kane suited for his 1000th regular-season game in the NHL. Despite the Dallas Stars defeating the Chicago Blackhawks and ruining the special game, it does not take away from the incredible career that Kane has had. Since being drafted first overall in the 2007 NHL draft Kane has had nothing short of an amazing career. During his 14 year NHL career, he has accomplished so many feats that most people or NHL players for that matter have accomplished. The 32-year-old still has many years of high-level hockey ahead of him.

Kane Career Accomplishments

Kane, a Buffalo, New York, native has had a lot more than his hometown team during his career. While the Buffalo Sabres have struggled to make the playoffs and have success Kane has been a part of the core that has led the Blackhawks to become a modern-day dynasty. Since joining the Blackhawks in 2008 Kane has helped Chicago win the Stanley cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015. During the 2013 Stanley cup run, Kane played in 23 games for the Blackhawks and had 19 points including nine goals. This ridiculous performance earned him the honor of being named the Conn Smythe award winner. The Conn Smythe award is given to the player that is deemed the MVP of the playoffs.

Patrick Kane warming up his hands by stickhandling. Photo courtesy of Dinur Blum

Kane has also received numerous other individual awards. During his rookie season in the NHL Kane was awarded the Calder Trophy. The Calder Trophy is awarded to the rookie that has had the most success in their first season in the NHL. Kane won the award after potting 21 goals and assisting on 51 others for 72 total points. Also during his rookie campaign, he was unsurprisingly named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and to his NHL All-Star team. 

Kane’s most dominant season came during the 2015-2016 season as he scored a career-high in goals with 46 and he had the second-most assists of his career with 60. The 106 points were just the start of his incredible accomplishments that season. Following his outstanding performance during the regular season, Kane was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsey Award, and the Art Ross Trophy. 

The Hart Memorial Trophy is given out annually to the player deemed to be the Most valuable player to his team during the regular season.  The Ted Lindsey Award is given to the player that is deemed the most outstanding player in the league and this voted on by the players in the NHL. Finally, the Art Ross trophy is awarded to the player that has the points during the regular season. 

In his 1,000 games, Kane has also accumulated lots of points including scoring 400 career goals, 660 assists, and achieving 1060 career points thus far. Kane was the 100th player in NHL history to reach 400 career goals. He is just the 10th American player to reach the milestone. If you would like to read more about the incredible achievement click here

Kane warming up ahead of a game against the Ducks. Photo Courtesy of Dinur Blum

Playoff Performer

In his 14 year NHL career, Kane has helped the Blackhawks reach the playoffs in 10 of them. As previously mentioned he has helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup three times during the 10 playoff appearances. In his fantastic career, he has played in 136 playoff games and he has collected 132 points. 52 of those were goals including the Stanley Cup-winning goal during the 2010 Stanley cup.

Master of the Shootout 

Kane has dazzled fans and NHL goaltenders for his entire career. In his career, he has converted 40 of his 106 shootout attempts. Many of his shootout goals have bailed out the Blackhawks and given them the victory and two points. 

Final Thoughts on the Incredible Career of Patrick Kane 

After reaching the 1,000 game milestone Kane has achieved so many incredible individual awards and team awards in his career. Patrick Kane has helped lead his team to successful Stanley cup runs and he is still helping to lead his team to success now and will continue to since he still has been bright years of hockey ahead of him.

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Clancy Golden is one of the biggest hockey fans in the world. He loves writing and watching the beautiful sport of hockey.