Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.
There simply cannot be an All-Decade team without Patrick Kane. And with the Blackhawks opening the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers, what better way to roll out the roster than with Kane, who secured the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup in 49 years with his series-clinching goal against the Flyers in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
Already among the organization’s all-time greats, Kane ranks third in Blackhawks franchise history in assists, fourth in points and game-winning goals, fifth in total goals and ninth in games played,
The list of accolades is long.
He has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy, won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP and also taken home a Ted Lindsay Award to boot. Last season, Kane set a new career-high with 110 points and seems to somehow be getting better as he enters his 13th NHL season.
Early in his career, Kane was known for his stickhandling and his signature was the way he chewed on his mouthguard in the middle of the play. Now, Kane has become one of the biggest stars in the NHL and the role model for so many of the young players coming into the league every season.
As he enters the 2019-20 season, Kane looks to become the third Blackhawks player in franchise history with back-to-back 100-point seasons, and will also try to join Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick as the only players in team history to register three such seasons.
The Blackhawks All-Decade team rightfully opens up with Patrick Kane as the right-winger on the team’s top line.