Once again, Patrick Kane named captain of Team USA for the World Championships

ST. PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 11: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks protects the puck from Jonas Brodin #25 of the Minnesota Wild during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Black Hawks at Xcel Energy Center on October 11, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota.(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – Just like a year ago, it’s safe to say that one of the best American hockey players would rather be taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But with the Blackhawks out for a second-straight season, Patrick Kane will take this time off from the NHL to represent his country.

For a second-straight season, the forward will be the captain of the US Men’s National Team as they get ready to compete in the IIHF World Championships May 10-26 in Slovakia.

The rest of the roster for Team USA will be released later this week.

This will be Kane’s eighth time representing the United States in international competition. As a captain in 2018, he helped the US to a Bronze medal at the World Championships in Denmark.

Kane led the tournament in scoring with 20 points during the competition.

In the midst of a mid-career renaissance, Kane scores a career-high 110 points in the 2018-2019 season with 44 goals and a personal-best 66 assists.

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