Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Kane lone Hawk picked for Team USA
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has had enough time to get over Team USA losing to Team Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2010 Olympics.
Patrick Kane was part of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team in 2010, and now he's back for another chance in 2014.
Four years later, Kane looks back on his team's 3-2 overtime loss as a great life experience more than anything else.
"It was amazing just to see people in the crowd after Canada won," Kane said after practice Wednesday. "Grown men crying and hugging each other and just kind of looking around the stadium and taking it all in was pretty amazing. When you look back, you wish you could have won the gold, but it was still an amazing experience."
Kane will get another opportunity at a gold medal next month as he was officially named to the USA's 2014 Olympic team Wednesday. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Nick Leddy were not selected to the team. All three players attended Team USA's orientation camp in the summer.
Kane spoke to the media in Chicago before the announcement Wednesday.
"It would be an honor to represent your country, especially an event like the Olympics," Kane said. "I was fortunate enough to do it in 2010, and it was a great feeling to be there as part of the USA team and great experience as well to play at that level of competition. It would be fun to do it again for sure."
Kane hoped to have a larger leadership role this time around. He was just 21 years old during the last Olympics. He's now 25 and has two Stanley Cups under his belt.
"I feel like I've been in a position where I've played a lot of hockey and played at some high level competition with the Stanley Cups and Stanley Cup playoffs and playing in the Olympics before," said Kane, who had three goals and two assists during the 2010 Olympics. "You have a little bit of a grasp of what can happen."
Kane went through nearly every emotion possible during the gold-medal game in 2010.
"We were down 2-0, had a great comeback, made it 2-2 with 20 seconds left and then ended up losing in overtime," Kane said. "Definitely a lot of highs and lows in that game. I think the emotions were very up and down. It was amazing after we tied it up. It feels like you're on top of the world, and the goal's in your back pocket and then they come back and score and rip your heart out. It was pretty amazing experience and something I'll never forget."
Kane was hopeful Saad and Leddy would also join him in Sochi.
"I think both Saad and Leddy would be huge assets to the team," Kane said. "I think Leddy would be awesome on that big ice the way he can carry the puck and the way he skates, how good he is with his shot on the power play. I think he would be awesome. And Saader has obviously had a great year to date, been a big part of our success and the reason we have a lot of scoring and a lot of depth. Hopefully, both of them make it. It would be awesome to go with both of them."
Saad was optimistic earlier in the week his play over the last two seasons would earn him a spot on the team.
"I've done all I can do, so we'll see," Saad said. "I think throughout last year and having that success and obviously carrying over into this year it's something that can try to help me make the team. I just focused on playing well here, and we'll see how the chips fall.
"It's a tough to make. Obviously I want to make it, and I want to be there, whatever it takes. I'll be happy to make it. If it doesn't happen, there's more opportunity. So it's out of my control."