On May 7 2016, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy along with Dallas Stars’ captain Jamie Benn and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
Kane’s historic 2015-2016 season included a 26-game point streak (beating Crosby’s previous record), the longest point streak among any American born player, Blackhawks player, and of all current members of the NHL. The regular season ended with Kane becoming the first American born player to win the Art Ross Trophy, which is given to the player with the most points scored in the regular season.
Kane is first in the league for the regular season with 106 points, 46 goals (second in the league), and 60 assists (third in the league). Benn received the Art Ross Trophy last year and finished this regular season second overall in the league with 89 points, 41 goals (third in the league), and 48 assists (eleventh in the league). Crosby has won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy twice, and finished this regular season third overall in the league with 85 points, 36 goals (seventh overall), and and 49 assists (ninth overall).
It is no suprise the three players with the highest overall points of the regular season were named Hart Trophy finalists. Statistics are in Kane’s favor for the win, but with three players this talented the race should be tight.
The winner will be announced on June 22 2016 at the NHL Awards, held in Las Vegas.