During Tuesday’s 8-2 onslaught against the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks fans got to see Patrick Kane‘s five-point night, as well as his jersey donning a crisp “A” in the absence of teammate Brent Seabrook
Patrick Kane has always been a leader for the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, granted, he’s not such a verbal leader, but one who leads by example with his whimsical actions on the ice. We were able to see that with his four assists in the second period of Tuesday’s game against Ottawa.
Now, one game shouldn’t decide whether one player gets to wear the “A” on his chest. Being an alternate captain is a responsibility, defines character and shows your worth on the team. For Kane, he knows where he stands and he can definitely handle the responsibility.
With that in mind, here are a couple reasons why Kane should proudly keep wearing that “A.”
Argument for the “A”
It’s obvious Kane is making an argument as one of the best players in Blackhawks history. With 797 points in 783 games, he’s proven so. He has hit milestone after milestone, and is currently fifth in franchise history in points.
He’s the best player the Blackhawks have seen since the Denis Savard days, which carried some dark times. However, for the ‘Hawks, Kane has only brought great times.
Trophies say a lot when words can’t in sports, and Kane’s arsenal of awards and trophies is beyond comprehensible compared to what everyone expected back when he was drafted in 2007. All of it was a dream, a hope that he could light the fire and end the dark times in the franchise’s history. Kind of like how Luke Skywalker did in “Return Of The Jedi.”
No. 88’s resume includes an overtime Stanley Cup-clinching goal in 2010, a hat-trick overtime winning goal to send the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013, a Conn Smythe Trophy the same year, a Hart Memorial Trophy, an Art Ross Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Calder Memorial Trophy. Oh, and don’t forget about those three Stanley Cup wins under his belt, too.
Kane is the most important player to come to this Blackhawks team in modern history. He’s somewhat of a quiet guy, but when he has the puck, his talent does all of the talking.
Quite frankly, that’s all he needs as a leader.