Patrick Kane Makes USA Hockey History

On Tuesday morning, Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane made USA Hockey history. And the 2007 NHL Draft was, appropriately, the combination that made history.

Kane assisted on a goal by James van Riemsdyk – the second overall pick in 2007 – to pass Mark Johnson as USA Hockey’s all-time leading scorer at the Men’s World Championship. Kane now has 34 points in 21 career games at the Worlds; Johnson, a star of the “Miracle on Ice” team, had 33 points in 63 career games at the Worlds.

9 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Makes USA Hockey History

  1. Congrats to Kaner.

    BUT …

    I’ve been watching some of the USA games over the past few days and I have to say Kane has brought his half-ass defensive effort to Slovakia. He’s been terrible. He often looks nonchalant so it’s not necessarily that – but just a half heart effort unless he has the puck in the o-zone. He just had one of those plays that led to GBR scoring their second goal – he took a one-hand on stick swipe at the puck which actually pushed the puck into the slot were Perlini’s brother took it and buried it. And he’s wearing the “C” for USA. Very disappointing.

    On the other hand DeBrincat looks great. He scored another goal today (4 goals in 4 games) and he’s hustling all over the ice.

  2. On that observation @ER: I have been SO impressed with Debrincat (and Dylan Larkin) making magic happen that I haven’t noticed 88’s bad D. Or maybe I’m reflexively not watching 88?
    Also have enjoyed seeing Kahun be his quiet, reliable self for the Germans. And that Swiss team with Kurashev is an absoute joy to watch!

  3. Kane seems (from the outside looking in) to get bored and needs a prod from a leader. Then he gets engaged and LOOK OUT!

  4. The captain is supposed to be the leader.
    Let’s face it Kane is fantastic offensively and couldn’t care less about defence.

  5. Stefanie, I agree. DeBrincat and Larkin has been very good. Cat displaying his amazing scoring ability but also doing lots of other things to make plays.

    Kahun played center the first couple games but now is on Draisitl’s right wing and is playing well. I haven’t seen much of Kurashev but saw that he scored a goal yesterday.

  6. Kahun did same last year, started at center and moved to Draisatils wing and was much more effective. Kurashev is playing well, not lighting it up like in juniors, but understandable. Kane should be more noticeable in a good way when get to next round and games mean more.

  7. Yup…he was named captain…but he did not name himself. Hard to turn down that honor, but likely not the greatest choice as a captain, IMO.

  8. Alright, here I go revealing my age. When I was a senior at UW Mark Johnson was a freshman and the coach’s son. He led the Badgers to an NCAA championship in OT against Michigan (scored once but not the GWG). Horns were blaring all over town. First time I experienced the feeling of winning a championship. Chicago’s previous championship was the ’63 Bears. After the “Miracle on Ice” I thought Johnson would become a star in the NHL, but he was an average player at best.

    Regarding Kane’s lack of D, a captain should show more effort in his zone. At the same time, if this avoids injury, fine with me.

  9. It’s a long, long season. His legs must be pretty heavy. Not making excuses for him, but maybe he’s running on fumes. I say, give him a break.

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