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Kane Earns Best of May Honor for Team USA Awards

06/06/2018, 1:45pm EDT
By USAHockey.com

Team USA captain named Male Athlete of Month by USOC after record-setting performance at 2018 Men’s Worlds

The United States Olympic Committee announced today that Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.), captain of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team and one of three 2018 USA Hockey Bob Johnson Award winners, has been named Male Athlete of the Month for the Team USA Awards Best of May honors.

At the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship, Kane rewrote the U.S. record books by establishing U.S. single tournament records in both points (20) and assists (12) en route to becoming the first-ever American ice hockey player to earn tournament MVP honors and just the fourth-ever to receive Media All-Star Team recognition. Kane, who tallied at least one point in nine of Team USA's 10 tournament games and earned U.S. Player of the Game honors three times, finished as the leading point scorer and tied for the tournament lead in assists while ranking second in goals to help the U.S. Men’s National Team earn a bronze medal.

In IIHF Men's World Championship history, Kane is one of 14 players ever to tally 20 or more points in a single IIHF Men's World Championship. The only U.S. player to accomplish the feat, Kane's 20 points is tied with three other skaters for 11th most all-time. Additionally, Kane's 12 assists are tied for the seventh most by any skater as he became the 15th player ever to tally at least 12 assists in a single tournament.yer of the Game honors three times.

Kane's performance, which also saw him tabbed one of Team USA's Top 3 players of the tournament, also included a number of accolades that rank among the best in U.S. history. While his points and assists output both established new U.S. records, Kane's eight goals in tournament play tied him for the fifth most in a single tournament by a U.S. player in IIHF Men's World Championship history. 

In Team USA's 13-1 win over Korea, Kane became the eighth U.S. player ever to register five points in a single game when he tallied two goals and three assists. Additionally, he is now one of four U.S. players ever to register two power-play goals in a single period when he scored twice in the first period of Team USA's 9-3 win over Norway. 

Career-wise, Kane's 30 points in IIHF Men's World Championship play is now tied for third all-time and just three points shy of the U.S. record held by 1980 Miracle on Ice member Mark Johnson. Kane's 19 career assists is also fourth-best by a U.S. player.

The Team USA Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Team USA Awards from last month.

NOTES: The 2018 U.S. Men's National Team, which went 6-2-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in tournament play, was a finalist for the Team of the Month award ... Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) is joined by 2018 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) and 2018 U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) as the three Bob Johnson Award winners. Created in 1992, the award recognizes excellence in international ice hockey competition during a specific season of play ... With its bronze medal win, the U.S. Men’s National Team has claimed three bronze medals and four top-four finishes in the last six IIHF Men’s World Championships, a feat the country has not accomplished since medaling in three of the five tournaments it competed in from 1939-1950 … The United States. led by head coach Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) for the second straight year, has a 12-2-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) over that span, its best stretch ever in tournament play.

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Date Opponent Round Result Location
Tues., May 1 Denmark Exhibition W, 3-2 KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 4 Canada Preliminary W, 5-4 (SO) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 5 Denmark Preliminary W, 4-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Mon., May 7 Germany Preliminary W, 3-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 10 Latvia Preliminary W, 3-2 (OT) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 11 Korea Preliminary W, 13-1 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sun., May 13 Norway Preliminary W, 9-3 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Tues., May 15 Finland Preliminary L, 2-6 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 17 Czech Republic Quarterfinals W, 3-2 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 19 Sweden Semifinals L, 0-6 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun., May 20 Canada Bronze-Medal Game W, 4-1 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark

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