When he turned 30 years of age in November, Patrick Kane said he's never felt better. And he backed it up on the ice.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion and former Hart Trophy winner finished with a career-high 110 points this season and averaged 22:29 of ice time per game, which is the highest mark of his NHL career.
NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick sat down with the Blackhawks' superstar at NHL All-Star weekend in San Jose to reflect on Kane's career to this point and where it's headed. Can No. 88 get even better?
"Yeah, I think so," Kane said. "I am excited about where my game's at, I'm excited about where I can go. I always feel like even when you have a good game, you know how it is, always feel like there are a couple plays here or there you could have had and you come out of a game with a couple points you say I should have had a couple more, right? So that's always the mentality. You are never really satisfied, but I always feel there is room to grow. I think there is another level to my game I can even get to."
That's a scary thought, Roenick responds for all of us.
"You know what, I really believe it," Kane said. "I think it’s the truth too, I wouldn’t be saying it just to say it. I think I learned a lot under Joel [Quenneville]. Obviously we have a new coach in Jeremy Colliton, learned a lot from him so far. He thinks I have another level to my game as well, so it's fun to hear."
Kane just wrapped up his 12th NHL season. This is where players begin to reach the back nine of their careers, but there may be an exception for superstars like Kane who tend to get better with age.
So where does he see himself in 10 years?
"I don't know, it's crazy, it feels like yesterday I was in Montreal playing in that All-Star Game, so you say 10 years from now it's like how fast time goes," Kane said. "But I don't know, I like that name 'Showtime,' that's a pretty fun name so hopefully can entertain like you did for as long as I can I guess."
Check out the interview below:
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