CHICAGO – As a very successful decade comes to an end for the Blackhawks, fans have asked themselves which player has had the most impact on the franchise during that time.
Over the past few weeks, many have pointed to the player who has worn the No. 88 sweater the entire time. On Monday, fans got another piece of evidence to argue that Patrick Kane is the Blackhawks’ player of the decade.
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For a sixth consecutive year, the forward was named an NHL All-Star and will be on the Central Division team for the activities in St. Louis on January 24th and 25th. It’s Kane’s ninth selection to the midseason classic and could be the team’s only representative for the weekend.
Captain Jonathan Toews has a chance the get on the Central Division squad thanks to the NHL’s “Last Men In” program which allows the fans to vote four other players into the game. Each team has one representative in this pool of athletes who will be voted on from January 1st until the 10th.
Kane remains in the midst of a mid-career renaissance as he’s followed up a 110 point season in 2018-2019 with another strong start to this campaign. In 40 games he’s got 20 goals with 27 assists, leading the team in each category as he’s accumulated 47 total points this season.
Expect Kane to take part in the annual Skills Challenge on Friday, January 24th before taking the ice with the Central Division All-Stars the next night at the Enterprise Center for the 3-on-3 tournament.
If Toews doesn’t win the fan vote, this would be the third-straight year that Kane has been the Blackhawks’ only representative on the All-Star roster.