Tonight marks the 1000th regular season game for Patrick Kane, and my goodness if it isn’t happening amidst one of the hottest stretches in his career. I mean, he’s got 38 points in the first 26 games of the season, and the dude potted goal #400 the other night, putting him behind only a handful of other American-born players. He currently sits exactly 500 games played behind Modano’s 1499, only needing to score another 162 to sit alone at the top of the Stars and Stripes leaderboard all-time. But tonight is all about a different milestone, a nice, crisp, round 1000 GP for Kaner. The 7th Blackhawk to reach 1K, Kane straps up once more at the onset of a 6-game road trip, starting off tonight against the recently struggling Dallas Stars.
On top of unwavering availability over his time in the NHL, Kane has put together a delicious little resume as well. Calder Trophy, 3x Stanley Cup Champ with the OT game-winner in 2010, the 2013 Conn Smythe, the 2016 Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay winner, with international success on the side. Capping the 400-goal plateau a few games back, Kane has already crested 1,000 career points before reaching his 1,000th game. An absolute pillar of the era of success in Chicago, Kane is well on pace to be the undisputed best player in the NHL to be born south of the 49th parallel, despite damning evidence that he very well may already be.
We all know exactly what Kane is capable of on the ice, because he constantly reminds us by muscling his way onto Top 10s with his disrespectful hands and high-test cellies, but off the ice, last night he was having a bit of a tough time catching some much-needed Z’s. So because he loves us, he recorded a Guided Meditation to help anyone who’s tired of whale songs or rewatching The Office. That’s right, to help him get to sleep before his big day, Kaner sat in front of a microphone and counted to 1,000. Why? Because that’s what leaders do. They take their time and effort to do things for the good of the many. (There’s a spectacular little gift at the 49:45 mark of the video for those of you who sleep fine and just want to hear the hits)
For all the highs and lows of the last 14 years, let’s all say a big thank you to Kaner for bringing us back to the glory days, celebrating cup wins and playoff berths and big milestones along the way. Congrats on 1,000 to Kane and his ongoing health and success, cause I want him playing until he’s 50.