TORONTO – It has been more than nine years since he was selected number one overall in the NHL draft in Columbus. Chicago Blackhawks star and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane suddenly entering his 10th season in the NHL. Seemingly out of nowhere, it is closer to 30 years than in 20 times and another birthday coming Nov. 19
But Cain is not the twilight of his career. He is coming off a season Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and is one of the leaders of the US team as it heads to the World Ice Hockey Championships.
“This is of course a bit scary,” Kane said this week at the Air Canada Centre on the eve of Saturday’s league match against Europe (3:30, ESPN2). “I’m going into my 10th year, but I feel that I am a young man of the heart, as I still have on my front nine is in the league.
“But I’m going to be 28 later this year. It’s amazing how time flies. There’s still a lot left in the tank, still a great team in front of us with the Blackhawks still great opportunities like this event, the World Cup. Do you really want to take advantage of them and play well because you do not know how much capacity you have left. hopefully, a few more. ”
Kane had his best season as a professional in the 2015-16 biennium, setting career highs in goals, assists and points (46-60-106), and becoming the first US-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s regular season scoring champion. But the Blackhawks could not defend their third Stanley Cup title in five seasons, dropping Game Seven in St. Louis and get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the last five years. Kane scored just one goal in the series.
Chicago has 12 players in this tournament, and it would be 13 if not for a knee injury, which delayed the star defenseman Duncan Keith Jersey. Kane feels first extended offseason hawks “within a few years will have them refreshed and ready to work. He spent most of his in Chicago as a result of sexual assault charges last summer in Hamburg, which was later dropped, though he says that he made his choice apart from any influence by the Blackhawks. In addition to a lot of golf, Kane skated with his teammates and prospects for the Blackhawks.
The NHL Awards in Las Vegas in June, Kane told reporters that he realized his career is now needed more training off-season and said that he was particularly interested in how the Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is preparing for the new season. Kane and James met during the filming of a McDonald’s commercial a few years ago and Kane made it clear that he can continue to work on his explosiveness and flexibility, as James does. Season 2015-16 biennium was the first time in the last five years, he played all 82 games.
“I feel good, feel happy from the beginning of the season,” Kane said here. “I took a little more time away from the rink than I used. I made a lot of different things on the ice to get my body ready, and he feels well. You never want to lose in the first round, and there is that long off-season, but when this happens, you should take advantage of it. ”
Kane came to the camp, prepared and said that he was particularly honored to be named an alternate captain of this team. San – Jose Joe Pavelski is the captain.
Said John Tortorella coach during training Team USA camp in Columbus: “I did not coach him, but I have seen it during our year, and I listen to it, and I see a maturity about him, I want him to take on more responsibility now .. he is ready for more responsibility as the US team leader, where previously it was’ Kaner, go play. and do not get me wrong, he’s really good at it. But I think he’s ready for more responsibility and I am ready to to give, to give him, because he deserves it. ”
Kane Family and friends from Buffalo followed his career all over the world, as far as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Russia. Thus, it is especially excited to have world-class important event simply by Queen Elizabeth Way.
“It will be great to have family and friends coming up. It’s easy to commute to them, and they will be in all the games and enjoy the practice, too, I imagine,” he said. “I’ll be able to go out and eat with them and hang out. It will be fun to hang out with my family and friends, but at the same time you are here on business, here to take care of the work and hang with your teammates and Communications with them, and it’s just nice that it was close to home, in Toronto. I ‘am sure that they will enjoy. ”
The Americans did not give much hope during the buildup to the tournament. Cost construction was controversial, as the US team went to grit-type players, built in Tortorella mode, such as Detroit and Columbus Abdelkader Dubinsky while leaving the house loves Pittsburgh scoring star Phil Kessel. As it turned out, Kessel was a hand surgery and his snub became a moot point, but the prevailing wisdom was that the US is going to struggle to get out of their group.
This may have changed some during the exhibition games. The Americans handed him over to Team Canada, 4-2, in his first exhibition game last week in Columbus and beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday to end the game pretournament 2-1. Prizes were sandwiched around a 5-2 loss to Canada in Ottawa.
Opening victory against Team Canada was a revelation around the hockey world as the result of high-intensity and chippiness that was supposed to be an exhibition.
“I’m not sure that any of us expected,” Kane said. “I think we all went there to feel it, but did not have much sense of the process of waiting, that’s for sure. It was 100 miles / h, very intense. Both teams proved that they were better than the other .. .. for many of us, this is a great way to start the season, get into it as soon as Canada and the United States a couple of exhibition games at once. We all had the same reaction, how quickly it was, how intense was the case with some of the hits and extracurriculars after the whistle. ”
As for the nationalistic pride and waving flag, neither team did not come as close as possible to the US national team so far. Was the famous flap with ESPN Tortorella says everyone who sits on the bench during the national anthem will be there for the game. The coach was a member of the army to talk with the team during their camp in Columbus, and stand behind the bench for the first exhibition against Canada, and the whole group visited the Marine base in Quantico, Va., Earlier this week.
During a press conference here on Thursday, the US team CEO Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings brought war veterans and even quoted the famous passage John F. Kennedy from his 1961 inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. ”
“It definitely has that Olympic type of feeling, playing for my country, that’s for sure,” Kane said. “Especially if it’s in Toronto, hockey hotbed, the mecca of hockey in the world. It will be exciting to be a hockey player and to be in this tournament. What a great way to start the season and it’s a great way to continue to play an international.”