On Tuesday night in Dallas, Patrick Kane will skate in his 1,000th career regular season game.
My 1,000th game just won’t be the same without you, #Blackhawks fans! Here’s a special message for everyone who has been cheering me on since I first put on the Chicago sweater on October 4, 2007 pic.twitter.com/JZhc5n8HjH— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) March 9, 2021
Let’s dig into his historic career for a moment, shall we?
First, how does Kane’s career to date compare with the best American players of all-time?
Between the 1989-90 season and 2002-03, Mike Modano skated in 1,025 regular season games. He scored 444 goals with 618 assists for 1,062 points. Kane has already passed Modano’s point production in 26 fewer games. Like Kane, all of Modano’s production in that stretch came for a single organization – but it was split between two cities. The North Stars moved to Dallas after the 1992-93 season, taking Modano with them.
Between the 1988-89 season and 2002-03, Jeremy Roenick skated in 1,062 regular season games. He scored 456 goals with 617 assists for 1,073 points. Kane has 63 games to come up with 13 points to catch Roenick’s total. Unlike Kane and Modano, Roenick put his numbers up in multiple sweaters; he spent eight years in Chicago before six in Phoenix and two in Philly.
For the sake of this discussion (because the NHL considers him American), Brett Hull appeared in 1,019 games between 1986-87 and 2000-01. He scored 649 goals with 534 assists for 1,183 points in whose 1,019 games – 123 more than Kane with 20 more games played.
Joe Mullen’s career ended at 1,062 games. Excluding his final season (1996-97), Mullen scored 495 goals with 546 assists for 1,041 points in 1,008 games.
Mullen won three Stanley Cup championships and the Lady Byng twice but didn’t win the Hart. Hull had one Stanley Cup ring and one Hart Trophy at home when he reached 1,000 games. Neither Modano nor Roenick won a championship or a Hart Trophy.
How does Kane’s career compare to the other leaders from the 2007 NHL Draft?
Kane will become the first player from the 2007 NHL Draft to reach 1,000 games played. Jakub Voracek is 66 games behind Kane in second.
Kane’s 400 goals rank first from his draft class as well. He’s 96 goals ahead of Dallas’ Jamie Benn, who he faces in his 1,000th game. Kane and Benn are the only skaters from 2007 to have eclipsed 300.
Kane’s 660 assists lap the field. Voracek ranks second in that category as well… 160 behind Kane. Only Kane and Voracek have reached 400.
And Voracek also holds down second place in total points from the 2007 NHL Draft with 710. Kane sits at 1,060 entering Tuesday night’s game (49 percent more than Voracek).
Kane’s Hall of Fame resume:
- 1,060 points
- 400 goals
- 660 assists
- 3 Stanley Cup championships
- 2008 Calder Trophy winner
- 2010 Olympic silver medal
- 2013 Conn Smythe winner
- 2015-16 Hart Trophy winner
- 2015-16 Art Ross Trophy winner
- 4-time All-Star