Patrick Kane was named a 2016 Hart Trophy finalist, annually awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League, the league announced Saturday. Dallas' Jamie Benn and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby were also named finalists.
Kane is looking to become the fifth player in franchise history to win the award and join Max Bentley (1945-46), Al Rollins (1953-54), Bobby Hull (1964-65, 1965-66) and Stan Mikita (1966-67, 1967-68) as the only others to win it in a Blackhawks uniform. He's also looking to make history by seeking to become the first U.S.-born player to win the Hart Trophy.
Earlier this year, Kane became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy after leading the league with 106 points during the regular season.
He scored 46 goals and 60 assists in 82 regular-season games this season, both of which set a career high.
The highlight of Kane's season came at the beginning of the campaign when he registered at least a point in 26 consecutive games, which broke a Blackhawks record — previously held by Bobby Hull (19) — and set a new record for most by an American-born player — previously set by Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (18).
On Friday, Kane was also named a Ted Lindsay Award finalist, given annually to the NHL's most outstanding player that is voted on by his peers.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.