2014 Winter Olympics

Patrick Kane: Profile of US Hockey Olympian for Sochi 2014

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after he was awarded the Conn Smythe after Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Blackhawks won the game 3-2 and the series 4-2 to win the Stanley Cup.  (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014

Crash Course

Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoff MVP last year, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to their second championship in four seasons. If the United States' hockey team is going to perform well in the 2014 Olympics, Kane must be one of its best players.

Kane's game is based on speed, wizard-like stick-handling and a superb shot. While a 2009 arrest and a rich history of partying have plagued him, he has reportedly matured.

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Athletic Profile

Kane, 25, was the top pick in the 2007 NHL draft and has outperformed many other No. 1 picks from the last decade. He is on pace to soar past his career highs of 30 goals and 88 points this season. He scored nine goals and 10 assists in last season's playoff run.

 

Rivalry

Kane and teammate Jonathan Toews are considered the Blackhawks' one-two punch. Toews will be one of Canada's top players, so the two will be competing against each other in Sochi.

These teammates-turned-rivals may have several confrontations with Olympic glory on the line.

 

Social Profile

He rarely tweets, but @88PKane has more than 408,000 Twitter followers. Kane also has a Facebook fan page with over 130,000 likes.

 

Turning Point

Like many NHL players, Kane played in Europe during the 2012 lockout. He lived with his mother while competing in Switzerland, where there were no reported off-ice escapades, and has since returned to the NHL focused and on top of his game.

 

Making the Team

The U.S. Olympic hockey team announced its roster in early January and, as expected, Kane made the cut.

 

Quote 

"It’s still part of my maturation process and something I’m still trying to get better at. And the biggest thing, it was embarrassing. That’s from deep down inside me,” Kane told the Chicago Tribune about his past behavior, per Chris Kuc.

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