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He’s a three time Stanley Cup winner. He’s been named the most valuable player in the 2013 playoffs. He’s the first U.S. born player to win the Art Ross trophy for the most points in the 2015 season. And let’s not forget he’s a Olympic silver medalist.

It’s hard to not remember all of this when thinking of NHL Blackhawks power star Patrick Kane, who turns 30 today. “It’s pretty crazy how time flies,” Kane said, but “I think 30 is still fairly young.”

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While he isn’t the youngest Blackhawk anymore, not being that 18 year old kid he was when he was selected in July 2007, Kane is still quick on the ice with immense skills that seem to be improving every single game. He’s among the top 5 in points, assists, and goals in the Blackhawks franchise. This season, he’s 6th in the NHL for points, collecting 25 points, with 2 assists in last nights win against the Minnesota Wild, allowing the Blackhawks to – surprisingly since going 2-5-1 in games so far this month-  be only one point out of a playoff spot.

Kane mentioned that he doesn’t feel like his time to stop has come: “You see a lot of players in today’s game play into their 40’s, so [I] just try to maintain what I’ve got going right now and keep it going as long as I can.”

Even though the Hawks roster right now is rather young, only Chris Kunitz riding that almost 40 line, there is only two other 40 plus year old players in the league right now: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cullen and Boston’s Zdeno Chara.

So while the league is full of 38 and 39 years old, they all don’t seem to be hanging up their jerseys or skates anytime soon, and Patrick Kane isn’t close to getting off the ice. “I still feel like I’ve got a lot of hockey left, and I’m pretty excited about it.”

 


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