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NHL PLAYER, Evander Kane

BIOGRAPHY

Born Aug 02, 1991 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Selected by Winnipeg Jets round 1 #4 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Evander Kane (born August 2, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left wing with Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selected fourth overall in the2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, he was drafted from the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

During his major junior career, he won the Memorial Cup with the Giants in 2007, finished as runner-up for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year in 2008and was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2009. Kane also set the Giants' franchise record for single-season goals in 2008–09.

After Tavares, Victor Hedman and Duchene were taken with the top three picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kane was selected fourth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers. He became the highest drafted born-and-raised player from Vancouver since Paul Kariya was taken fourth overall in 1993 (Barry Beck was the highest at second overall in 1977), the highest drafted Vancouver Giants player in the history of the franchise (surpassing Gilbert Brulé, who was drafted sixth overall in 2005). and the highest drafted black player in NHL history. Less than a month later, the Thrashers signed Kane to an entry-level contract on July 20, 2009.

Kane made the Thrashers' lineup out of his first NHL training camp for the 2009–10 season. He recorded his first career NHL point in his debut on October 3, 2009, earning an assist on a goal by Rich Peverley against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His first goal was scored five days later, on October 8, beating Chris Mason with a snap shot in a 4–2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Kane finished his NHL rookie campaign with 14 goals and 26 points in 66 games, ranked 12th among first-year point-scorers.

On September 15, 2012, Kane signed a 6-year, $31.5 Million contract with the Jets.

As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Kane joined HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was the first Canadian NHL player to sign a contract with the KHL. However after twelve games with the club, in which he recorded one goal, Kane was released by Dynamo. The club's athletic director suggested that Kane "could not adapt to hockey in the KHL," but also said that both sides mutually agreed to end the contract.

Internationally, Kane has won gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2009 World Junior Championships. He has also competed in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Source: Wikipedia

NEWS

Kane stays hot in Sabres’ win December 13, 2017

Evander scored the game-winning goal last night, as the Buffalo Sabres held on to beat the Ottawa Senators’ by a score of a 3-2. The 26-year-old winger is currently on a five-game point streak (2 goals, 3 assists), and is on pace for the best offensive season of his career. Through 31 games, the Winnipeg-native is averaging nearly a point-per-game, leading his team in both points (28) and goals (14).

For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Kane continues hot start in Sabres’ win November 08, 2017

Evander Kane scored two goals – including a late insurance marker – as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-1. The Winnipeg-native finished the game with a +2 rating and four shots on net and would eventually go on to be named 3rd star of the contest. The 26-year-old winger is off to one of the best starts of his career, with 15 points in his first 15 games including a league-leading 3 shorthanded goals.

For more Kane and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Kane continues hot start to season October 10, 2017

Evander Kane scored twice last night, providing all of the Buffalo Sabres’ offence in their 6-2 defeat to the New Jersey Devils.  The 26-year-old sniper went on to be named the 3rd star of the contest. Despite the fact that the Sabres have struggled out of the gate, Kane has been on fire to begin the season, including back-to-back, multi-goal performances in his last two games. Through 3 matches, the Vancouver-native has tallied 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a league-leading 26 shots on net.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Kane plays the hero in Sabres’ triumph February 08, 2017

Evander Kane scored the overtime winner last night, as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks by a score of 6-5. Down 4-1 midway through the 3rd period, Kane played a key role in the comeback, scoring one of the three Sabres’ goals that forced overtime. He would eventually go on to be named the 1st star of the contest, finishing the game with 2 goals and a game-high 7 shot on net.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.    

Kane tallies twice in Sabres’ loss January 27, 2017

Evander Kane was named the 2nd star in a losing effort last night, as the Buffalo Sabres fell to the Dallas Stars, 4-3. The 25-year-old sharpshooter was implicating in all three of the Sabres’ goals, registering two goals and an assist in the contest. The Vancouver-native has been key to the Sabres’ recent good run of form (4 wins from 6 matches), with 3 goals and 4 assists in that span.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, kep reading the nhl.com recap here.  

Kane notches pair in Sabres’ win December 07, 2016

Evander Kane scored twice—including the game-tying goal—as the Buffalo Sabres came from behind to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime last night. After tallying the game’s first goal, the 25-year-old sniper forced overtime with just 29 seconds left, scoring off of a rebound from teammate Ryan O’Reilly’s shot. He would go on to be named the second star of the contest. The Vancouver-native has been hot of late, registering three goals and two assists in his last five games.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here

Kane comes up big in Sabres win October 22, 2015

Evander Kane could not have picked a better time to score his first goal in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. The newly acquired sharpshooter scored the tying goal late in the 3rd period last night, helping his new team come from behind to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1.  The Vancouver-native added 7 shots and 4 hits in the contest, and went on to be named the first star of the game.

For more on Kane, check out the nhl.com story here

Kane and Reinhart key figures in Sabres’ rebuild September 21, 2015

Top talents Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane will be key players to watch in Buffalo’s training camp this September, as the team tries to assemble its roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season.  Drafted 2nd overall in 2014, the young Reinhart is looking establish himself as a reliable, two-way NHL center, and has worked hard on his skating to get himself to the next level. As for Kane, he will be looking to provide the Sabres with the kind of speed, power and scoring ability that made him a 30-goal scorer in the past.  

For more on Reinhart and Kane, check out the nhl.com piece here

Kane thinking big in first season with Sabres September 17, 2015

Evander Kane showed up at the Buffalo Sabres’ training camp a confident man on Thursday, and is eager to prove that he is more than capable of scoring on a consistent basis for his new club. After missing a lot of time last season due to injury, the 24-year-old sniper is excited about getting back to playing hockey. Drafted 4th overall in 2009, Kane enjoyed his best season in 2011-12, tallying 30 goals in just 74 games for the Winnipeg Jets.

For more on Kane, check out the nhl.com post here

O’Reilly heads to Buffalo in blockbuster trade June 29, 2015

Ryan O’Reilly is now a member of the Buffalo Sabres.  After starring for the Colorado Avalanche the last six seasons, the Clinton, Ontario-native will be moving closer to home, and has already been given the keys to the Sabres’ revamped No. 1 line.  The 2-way centerman joins exciting new acquisitions such as Sam Reinhart (2014 1st round pick), Evander Kane, Robin Lehner, and David Legwand, as the Sabres will look to make some noise in the upcoming, 2015-16 season.

For more on O’Reilly, keep reading the nhl.com story here.

Kane named 3rd star in Jets’ loss January 06, 2014

Evander Kane did all he could in Winnipeg’s hard-luck loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring two goals while assisting on another.  The speedy winger also led his team in shots (6) and hits (4).  Since returning from injury on December 16th, the former 4th overall pick has been in all-star form, lighting the lamp on seven occasions while setting up four.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, keep reading the Winnipegfreepress.com article here.

Kane shines in return to action December 17, 2013

Out the last six games with a lower body injury, Evander Kane wasted little time making an impact for his club, scoring once and assisting on another in his return to action last night. In need of a boost after a tough loss to the Stars last time out, the Jets got just that out of Kane, who was named first star of the match.  The energetic winger was all over the ice, Monday, taking six shots while blocking two, to go along with his two point performance.

For more on Kane and last night’s big win, keep reading the winnipegfreepress.com piece here.

Kane named first star in Jets win November 26, 2013

With his team in desperate need of a spark, Evander Kane came through in the clutch, Monday, scoring the winning goal in the Jets 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The talented winger was everywhere on the ice last night, leading all skaters in shots with 6 and plus/minus with +2. He also led all forwards with 20:56 of ice time. The win snapped a 4-game winless streak for Winnipeg.

For more on Kane and last night’s game, keep reading the winnipegfreepress.com article here.

As goes Kane, so go the Jets April 08, 2013 – Winnipeg, Manitoba - Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press (Online Edition), Writer

The results match up perfectly — a coincidence maybe, but sometimes coincidences hide stories all the same. Before Saturday’s tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers, Evander Kane hadn’t scored a goal in five games.

And the Winnipeg Jets lost all five of those matches, a free-fall that drove them out of their division-leading playoff spot and sent them back to fighting for their post-season lives.

But Saturday, in front of a revitalized hometown crowd, the Jets snapped their losing streak — and Kane came surging out of his own scoring slump.

Yeah, the 21-year-old winger was a force on the ice on Saturday. He knew he had to be.

"Going into this nine-game stretch before tonight, our top players have to be hot, and get our team going," he said as the Jets savoured the sorely-needed win. "I thought we did a good job of that tonight. Everybody contributed to the win."

For more on this story, click here.

Source: Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press (Online Edition), Writer

Kane's four-point night helps Jets beat Hurricanes March 27, 2013 – Raleigh, North Carolina - TSN, The Canadian Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Winnipeg Jets have put last week's two-game debacle against the Washington Capitals firmly behind them.

Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead Winnipeg to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Jets earned their 10th road victory of the season and increased their division lead to six points over Carolina.

"We're trying to forget about that Washington miniseries as much as possible," Kane said of the 4-0 and 6-1 defeats on consecutive nights.

"I think we've responded here in these last two games real well. We knew we couldn't dwell on what happened with Washington and we needed to move on and move forward."

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Source: TSN, The Canadian Press

Evander Kane continues to prove he's the best Jet February 23, 2013 – Winnipeg, Manitoba - Jonathan Katje, Rant Sports, NHL blogger

The Winnipeg Jets got a surprising 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, and young winger Evander Kane continued to build on a six-game point streak. Kane continues to be one of the most consistent performers on a Jets team that has struggled to an 8-9-1 record yet still finds itself in second place in a weak Southeast Division. He had the game-winning goal against the Devils on Sunday, his second game-winner of the season.

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Source: Jonathan Katje, Rant Sports, NHL blogger