By Charlie Mule,
Sports Business Writer
For those of you that know and follow hockey, know that Patrick Kane is always in the news. Whether it is off the ice or on, the Buffalo, New York native can definitely generate some headlines.
Kane did that once again on Sunday tallying a hat trick and his 100 point of the 2015-16 season.
With the milestone, Kane becomes the eleventh American-born player to ever reach 100 points in a season and is the first since 1995-96 when Doug Weight hit the special mark.
“It’s special,” Kane said to reporters of reaching 100 points for the first time in his career. “I think that’s kind of a mark you always kind of dream of hitting. For it to happen this year in front of the home crowd with a few games left is pretty special.”
“I had some of my close friends and some family, my sister in town, so it was fun to do it in front of them. The only bad thing was my dad wasn’t here. I know he would’ve loved to see it, my dad and mom. So that’s unfortunate, but I’m sure they’re having fun watching it on TV.”
Kane also joins a select group of only Penguins superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as the only three players to reach the 100 point mark in the past five seasons.
The Blackhawks have had their share of 100 point getters throughout the years, but the most recent was Jeremy Roenick who had 107 in 1993-94.
Kane currently has 43 goals on the year, second in the league behind only Alex Ovechkin who has 46.
Kane has always been a good hockey player, but his 2015-16 season separates him from the rest. Kane currently has 657 career points in nine NHL seasons. If Kane continues on the pace he is scoring at, he will break fellow American Mike Modano’s American record of 1,374 points.
If Kane stays healthy and produces, you will see him pass Modano and become the greatest American-born hockey player of all-time.
Kane is also a leader on the U.S. Olympic team. He has nine career Olympic points and will most likely play in the next two international competitions, as well as the World Cup of Hockey in September.
Kane also has a better supporting cast than Modano had which means he will have a better chance to break the record.
Either way anyone looks at it, Patrick Kane is an American hockey great and will look to continue to produce with a cast of Americans behind him.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 12th print edition.
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