Patrick Kane competes at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 15, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia.
Patrick Kane was busy from 2009 to 2017 winning three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, unable to help Team USA at the world championships those years.
He’s making up for lost time.
After leading the tournament in 2018 with 20 points and winning MVP honors, Kane has chipped in five points to open the 2019 tournament, becoming Team USA’s all-time leading scorer at the world championships in the process. Kane’s assist on James van Riemsdyk’s first-period goal Wednesday against Great Britain was the 34th of his career, passing “Miracle on Ice” legend Mark Johnson. Kane, the U.S. captain, later added to his total with an assist as well as his first goal of the tournament in a 6-3 win.
Kane accomplished the feat in just 21 world championship games. He made his world debut in 2008, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He didn’t play at worlds again until 2018, though he did wear the USA sweater in two Olympic Winter Games — winning a silver medal in 2010 — and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Kane has recorded at least one point in all but one of Team USA’s games thus far at the 2019 world championship.
Kane ranks 10th all-time on the list of top American NHL scorers, and in 2016 became the first American to win the Hart Trophy.