It's a beautiful day for hockey in America, therefore the world.
Tonight, Patrick Kane reaches his 1,000th game in the NHL, and has already racked up a hall of fame career.
A FIRST BALLOT Hall of Fame career.
Maybe I'm biased, but it's fair to say that Patrick Kane has already cemented himself as the greatest American born Hockey player of all time.
The most obvious moment that comes to mind is the Stanley Cup winning Overtime goal in 2010 against the Flyers that left Mike Emrick in a state of shock.
Kane wasn't even old enough to drink when he delivered the Cup to Chicago for the first time since 1961. Since then he was a Chicago legend, and thankfully he didn't stop there.
My personal favorite was his double overtime goal against the Kings to not only advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, but also secured a hat trick on the night. The heartbreaker celly was the icing on the cake that eventually was a second Cup in 3 years.
Since then, Kane has added his name to the Cup for a third time in 2015, a Conn Smythe trophy, and is the only American in the history of the NHL to win the Hart Trophy (MVP).
What might be his most impressive feat is how he's carrying the Chicago Blackhawks right now without Captain Jonathan Toews as the Hawks are eying playoff contention.
By the time his career is over, he'll lead all Americans in most statistical categories.
As I sat in the press box watching the Hawks in Detroit a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but shake my head and laugh at how much better Kane was than everyone else on the ice. I've always said, that Kane is worth whatever your price of admission was. If you're a serious hockey fan, pay the price and go see him.
Cheers to 1,000 games Kaner, here's to many more.