With the amount of success the Chicago Blackhawks have achieved in recent years, they’ve become accustomed to celebrating. And Patrick Kane hasn’t been shy in leading the way.
After being selected first overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, they wasted no time in getting Patrick Kane right where they wanted him – in the lineup and on the scoresheet. He’s been a perennial point per game player ever since, having now accumulated 1,022 points in 973 games.
As his career progressed and his legacy began to take shape, it was looking as though he’d be best known for his playmaking abilities above all else as he was accumulating assists at a much quicker pace than goals. That all began to change in the 2015-16 season, when he finally broke the 40 goal mark for the first time (46 that season, to be exact). Although he hasn’t reached that height again since his hunger to score goals has become more apparent than ever and there’s no indication that he can’t surpass that benchmark in seasons to come. He’s currently up to 389 goals in his career and is not showing any signs of slowing down.
Kane has awarded himself plenty of opportunities to perfect those post-goal celebrations we’ve all come to know and love. He teeters the line of arrogance in such a way that fans, and non-fans alike, can’t help but be captivated by what he’ll do next. From watching the play unfold as he gracefully glides towards the net, to the choreography in the show he’ll put on display afterward, his passion for the game makes it easy to be drawn in and excited right alongside him.
Whether it’s a directed action that aligns with a specific play from a certain game or it’s a move that has simply become part of his post-goal productions, we take a look at five of Kane’s most unique types of celebrations so far in his career.