Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, 24, has had quite the roller-coaster journey in the span of his young six-year career.
The three-time All-Star went from winning the Calder Memorial trophy, awarded to NHL’s top rookie, in 2008 to being arrested and charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and theft of services after allegedly punching a cabbie in the face for a $1.20 taxi beef in 2009.
Talk about a gaffe.
Kane ended up not facing any jail time and returned to the ice in top form by helping lead his Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2010. He also became the youngest player in NHL history to score a title winning goal in OT.
Kane was on top of the world.
His shenanigans seemed as if they stopped as the young champion basked in success, until a drunken weekend in Madison Wis., last year that concerned the Blackhawks heavily.
Well, for this guy it seems as if he just had to hit rock bottom before he could rise to the top again.
After the blunder in 2012, Kane has been on a good streak leading Chicago to another Stanley Cup victory this season and being named playoff MVP after a 19-point playoff performance.
He was emotional in a recent interview with CSN Chicago as they asked about his past mistakes and multiple chances:
Two championships in six years and he has shown no signs of slowing down. Yeah, the guy had his share of issues, but who hasn’t?
There’s no telling how great he will be, but he’s on the path to be one of the greatest if he can stay out of trouble.