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Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane claimed the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year last season. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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Patrick Kane claimed the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year last season. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Status: Chicago Blackhawks right winger.

Ht: 5-foot-10  Wt: 163 pounds

DOB: November 19, 1988 In: Buffalo, N.Y.

Hockey Inspirations:
"I think, growing up, obviously being from Buffalo, you got (Pat) LaFontaine, (Alex) Mogilny and I was a big fan of Joe Sakic, too.”

Nicknames:
"My dad, to this day, still calls me Buzz, because I had a buzz haircut up until about four, five years ago and then I grew it out. Kaner seems to be the nickname around the locker room. Guys also call me The Doctor in here. They say I'm a surgeon on the ice, going to work. So they call me The Doc."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
"During the season, probably eat and rest. In the NHL you have to prepare yourself for every game. Obviously it's nice to go have a good time with the boys, hang out with them. In the off-season - relaxing, again, and getting prepared for the new season."

Favorite Sport(s) Outside Hockey:
"I'm a big fan of basketball. I played when I was younger - if you can believe it nor not, with my size. I was actually really into basketball growing up. And I love watching football, too."

Favorite Movies:
"I like the Batman series. Pretty big fan of <I>Dark Knight; that was a good movie. <I?Batman Returns. Obviously, some funny movies like <I>Billy Madison, <I>Happy Gilmore."

Favorite TV Shows:
"Entourage."

Musical Tastes:
"Lil Wayne, he's come out with some great tunes lately."

Last Book Read:
"Oh, haven't read in a while. I don't even know if I could give you an answer for that."

Favorite Web Sites:
"NHL.com; Facebook - if you can believe it." 

First Hockey Memory:
"Probably just going to Sabres games. We used to always sit behind the opposing team's bench. I remember I could look down at the players’ stick curves and things like that. It was awesome to see players like Lindros, Sakic and Forsberg come out and I could tap their hands. And to be in the NHL now, to go out under that thing, looking for a little kid to tap their hand now, too - is just, it's pretty funny how fast time goes and how far you can come."

First Job:
"Probably playing hockey."

First Car:
"I had a '95 Jeep (black).”

Current Car
: "Hummer.” <i>(Color?) “It's called aquamarine."

Favorite Meal:
"Steak and mashed potatoes."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Vanilla with chocolate sauce."

Pre-Game Feeling:
"Think just about having a good game. I think this year, just try to be a little more consistent. Do those kinds of things. Before the game, obviously, I think just going out there and making sure everything feels good - equipment, stick, and warmups. And after that I just get ready to play."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably winning Rookie of the Year."

Most Painful Moment:
"Missing the playoffs last year."

Favorite Arena To Play:
"I like playing at home, so I'd probably have to say the United Center."

Favorite Uniforms:
"Chicago Blackhawks."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"Probably just hearing some of the guys chirp on the bench and talk to the other players."

Most Memorable Goal:
"It didn't really count as a goal, but a shootout goal against Dominik Hasek. Growing up in Buffalo, he was awesome to watch, for me, as a little kid. Then you come down - it was my home opener game - got a shootout breakaway on him, deked to the backhand and scored. That turned out to be the winning goal, so, probably that goal, yeah."

Closest NHL Friends:
"Erik Johnson; Sam Gagner; Peter Mueller; Jack Johnson."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Matt Greene.” <i>(Why?) “He just doesn't stop. He's just hilarious. Got traded from Edmonton; he's in L.A. this year."

Toughest/Fiercest Competitors:
"(Barret) Jackman from St. Louis."

People Qualities Most Admired:
"Just to be themselves and not be pretenders."

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