Chicago Blackhawks: Exciting week for Patrick Kane
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has had an amazing week. It started on Saturday when his jersey was retired by the London Knights, it finished with having the ‘Goal of the Decade’.
Patrick Kane has done a lot for the Chicago Blackhawks. Since being drafted number one in 2007, he has been the savior of the franchise, along with Jonathan Toews. The Kane and Toews relationship involves three Stanley Cups and many exciting moments.
Last Saturday, Kane had his jersey inducted by the London Knights. After an amazing 58 games with the team, no one will ever wear 88 for the Knights. He joins former teammate Dave Bolland with the honor.
On Sunday, Kane got his 1,000th career point. He assisted Brandon Saad‘s late third-period goal. He became just the fourth Blackhawk to ever achieve the mark. He is the youngest American born player to hit 1,000 points.
On Tuesday, the Blackhawks had a big ceremony for Kane before their game against the Panthers. Even though the Blackhawks lost, Kane did score late to keep his point streak going. Kane is now on an 11 game point streak.
Going into the All-Star break, Kane and the Blackhawks are just three points out of the last wildcard spot. There’s a good chance the Blackhawks will actually, in fact, make the playoffs. This is the first time in two seasons, there’s a lot to be excited about on the ice for the Blackhawks.
On Wednesday, the NHLdotcom staff on Twitter announced that Kane’s Game 6 goal against the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup was the Goal of the Decade. That just adds more to the Blackhawks decade of dominance.
Kane was apart of all three Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks’ teams in the 2010s. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013 for his amazing playoff run.
The core group of players all deserves the credit they have been given. The team has won many awards from the NHLdotcom staff on Twitter during the two weeks. They were named ‘Franchise of the Decade’, they were involved in there ‘Series of the Decade’ against the L.A. Kings, their former coach Joel Quenneville was even named ‘Coach of the Decade’.
On Friday at 6:30 PM EST, the All-Decade team will be named. You can find that on NBC sports. It’s fair to assume Kane and Toews will be apart of that list. I would even add Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook.
It’ll be interesting to see what Blackhawks’ players made the cut. It’s very cool to see the players get recognized for their achievements starting 10 years ago. To Kane, congratulations on a great week. Hopefully, there will be a parade in June to cap off the celebration.