Congratulations to Patrick Kane for winning the 2016 Art Ross Trophy!! By now you have already heard the good news, but Kane has won the 2016 Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with a career-high 106 points! Not only did he win this prestigious award, but it marks the first time in league history that a player born in the United States has led the league in scoring. What a feat!
As you know, Kane started the season at the center of a messy sexual assault investigation outside of his hometown of Buffalo, NY. The Blackhawks did not suspend Kane, which was the right choice because of the end result of the investigation: Kane would be cleared of all charges. However, even with all charges dropped, the reputations of Kane and the Blackhawks took a major hit.
In response to a not so stellar off season, Kane would have the best season of his career. During his incredible 82 game run, Patrick Kane set the all-time NHL record for the most consecutive games with at least a point for an American-born player at 26 straight games. Additionally, in the Blackhawks last regular season game, he recorded two goals and an assist, which would lead him to a new career high in goals at 46, assists at 60 and points at 106.
Patrick Kane was the only player in the league to hit the 100-point mark in the 2015-16 season. He also became the first American born player to win the Art Ross Trophy for the leading scorer in the NHL and the fourth player in Blackhawks franchise history to win the trophy and first since Stan Mikita in 1968.
So, again, congratulations to Patrick Kane’s record breaking season—he really is making his impact in NHL’s history.