Blackhawks: Patrick Kane Hopes For A Roster Spot On Team USA in 2022

Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane says he will fight for a roster spot on Team USA for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Just to bring you into the mindset of maybe the greatest American-born NHL player of all time, Patrick Kane, 31, is still just as hungry as he was when he was drafted, saying he hopes to fight for a roster spot on Team USA in 2022. In two years, he’ll be 33, does anyone think he’ll slow down by then? No.

That’s just the greatness Kane brings to the league, as he is never satisfied with just being good, he wants to be the best out there. His goal is to do something special, he wants to be on the team that brings back a Gold Medal for the United States, the first since 1980. That’ll be 42 years in 2022…..

Kane was on the 2010 and 2014 USA team, placing with a silver medal in 2010, while not placing in 2014. Kane was on the Team USA team for the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, after the NHL said they were removing players from the Winter Olympics. That USA team went 0-3 in the group stage.

Kane has been on the IIHF USA national team as a captain the past few years, as the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t played playoff hockey the past two years (2018, 2019).

Seeing Kane at this humble level is good, as the team will need their stars to stay humble if they want to make a bid for the Stanley Cup. The OIlers very well could knock these guys out in the first round, so, they have to be as prepared as possible.

Kane said this past week couldn’t have gone any better and that everyone’s excited to be playing hockey again. If Chicago can stay focused this time around, they’ll have better luck than 2017, when they were swept in the first round.

I cannot stress this enough, the Blackhawks cannot take this opportunity for granted. These next few months are very, very important.

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