COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.), a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks who has twice represented the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014), including helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2010, will serve as captain for the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. The squad will compete in the upcoming IIHF Men's World Championship set for May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.
"We are thrilled to have Patrick as our captain," said Bill Zito, general manager of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team and member of USA Hockey's International Council. "His passion for the game and USA Hockey is second-to-none, and his participation makes us all proud."
The 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship will mark the seventh time Kane will represent the United States in international competition and the second time he will skate in an IIHF Men's World Championship. Kane's international experience is highlighted by a trio of medal finishes, including a gold medal at the 2006 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship, a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and a bronze medal effort at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also skated for the United States at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2008 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Kane's NHL career is headlined by helping the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013, 2015), which includes his Conn Smythe Trophy winning performance in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This past season - his 11th with the Blackhawks - Kane led the Blackhawks with 76 points, including 27 goals and 49 assists in 82 games. In 2015-16, Kane posted a franchise-record 26-game point streak (16 goals, 24 assists) and recorded 106 points (46G, 60A) to become the first American-born player to earn the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the NHL point leader at the end of the regular season. He also captured the Ted Lindsay Award that season as the league’s most outstanding player (voted on by members of the NHL Players Association).
A product of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Kane was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2007-08 as the NHL's top rookie after leading all NHL rookies with 72 points (21-51).