Jack Johnson (ice hockey)
John Joseph Louis "Jack" Johnson III is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He has played in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. Johnson is known as a capable two-way defenseman, combining physical prowess and offensive capabilities in his style of play. Following two years with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Johnson was selected third overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After a year at the University of Michigan, Johnson's rights were traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Johnson would play another year at Michigan before signing his first professional contract with the Kings. In February 2012, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets after five seasons in Los Angeles. In 2018, he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in free agency. Johnson has represented the United States on the international stage multiple times, most notably playing for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Jack Johnson's family moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from Indianapolis shortly after he was born. And he grew up playing for Little Caesar's in junior hockey. Johnson transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Faribault, Minnesota before his eighth-grade year; as a sophomore during the 2002–03 hockey season, Johnson scored 15 goals and 27 assists as he helped the school's Midget Major AAA team win the U. S. National Championship along with current NHL player Sidney Crosby. Johnson was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, third overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Team USA under-18 national team, but did not jump to the NHL, instead playing for the University of Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In his freshman season, Johnson set school records for points and penalty minutes by a freshman defenseman. After his freshman season, with the Hurricanes needing a defenseman and Johnson having committed to another collegiate season, Hurricanes' General Manager Jim Rutherford traded Johnson's rights on September 29, 2006, along with Oleg Tverdovsky, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tim Gleason and Éric Bélanger.
After his rights were traded, Johnson played one more season for the Wolverines, setting the school record for the most goals by a sophomore defenseman in a single season and was named the CCHA Offensive Defenseman of the Year. During his tenure at Michigan, Johnson became a fan favorite for his physicality and end-to-end play. After Michigan lost in the West Regional Semi-finals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, rather than return to Michigan and finish the semester, Johnson jumped to the NHL and signed his entry-level contract with the Kings in March 2007, making his NHL debut on March 29 against the Vancouver Canucks, he would play five games on the season, recording no points. Johnson recorded his first NHL point on October 10, 2007, assisting a Kyle Calder goal in a loss to the Dallas Stars, his first goal came on October 2007, against goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson scored eight assists that season. Early in the 2008–09 season, Johnson suffered a shoulder injury and missed 41 games after needing surgery.
During the 2009–10 season, Johnson would improve his game, scoring eight goals and 28 assists, second only to Drew Doughty in defensive scoring for the Kings. His play earned him a selection to the Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, along with Kings' captain Dustin Brown. On January 8, 2011, Johnson signed a seven-year extension with the Kings. At the time of the deal, Johnson led all Kings' defensemen in points scored with four goals and 24 assists; the contract carried. He would end the 2010 -- ranking sixth among all Kings skaters, his 2011–12 season with the Kings, would be a tough one, as he failed to score at the pace he set in the previous season, recording only 24 points in 61 games by February 12, 2012. On February 23, 2012, Johnson was traded by the Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with a conditional first-round draft pick, in exchange for Jeff Carter. Upon arriving in Columbus, Johnson took the jersey number 7, worn by Carter. During a March 8 game against his former team, the Kings, the Blue Jackets offered their fans a one night offer to have their Carter jersey nameplates changed to "J. Johnson" nameplates for free.
Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, he recorded four goals and ten assists, for a total of 14 points. Johnson declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people accepting me with such open arms," and "I was looking forward to my new opportunity and getting the chance to play and be myself in Columbus." Johnson added that he did not follow the Kings' subsequent run to win the Stanley Cup, as he was in Finland playing for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship. With the 2012–13 NHL lockout halting play to start the year, Johnson spent the lockout training so he would be in the top shape once the game returned. In the shortened 2012–13 season, Johnson was one of the Blue Jackets' alternate captains, was considered the de facto leader of the team as Columbus nearly qualified for the 2013 playoffs, he scored one of his team's goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators, broke the Blue Jackets record for most ice time in regulation, nearing 35 minutes in a game against the Detroit Red Wings, the individual record for the season.
After his impressive showing of both on-ice skil
Matthew Carle is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. Carle played in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 47th overall, in 2003. Prior to turning professional, Carle played for the University of Denver where he was named NCAA Defenseman of the Year, NCAA All-American Team, First All-WCHA Team, USCHO First Team All American, First Team All American; as a youth, Carle played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Alaska. Carle played for the River City Lancers in the USHL during the 2002–03 season. Carle was drafted 47th overall in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Instead of turning professional, Carle began his freshman season at the University of Denver for the 2003–04 season. While a freshman at the University of Denver, Carle was named to the United States roster for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won gold.
He returned to Denver. Carle became the first United States born player to win a gold medal at the World Junior and the NCAA Championship within the same season, he was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. In his sophomore season, Carle helped lead the team to another NCAA Championship title and was named the 2004–05 NCAA Defenseman of the Year, NCAA All-American Team, First All-WCHA Team, USCHO First Team All American and First Team All American. In his junior year, Carle was named Denver's captain and ended the season tied third in the WCHA conference in scoring and led all defencemen, he won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006 emblematic of America's top college hockey player as the only player in University of Denver history to win the award. He was the first player in WCHA history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year within the same season. Carle was again named a First Team All-American. To convince Carle to forgo his senior year at Denver, as well as acknowledge Carle's numerous successes, the San Jose Sharks signed Carle to a three-year deal worth US $4.1 million, the maximum an entry-level contract can be worth according to under the then-terms of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The contract, a two-way deal, included $942,000 in annual salary as well as a $1.25 million signing bonus. Carle made his NHL debut, scored his first NHL goal, on March 25, 2006, against the Minnesota Wild. During his first full season with the Sharks in 2006–07, Carle scored 11 goals and 31 assists in 77 games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In November 2007, Carle signed a four-year, $13.75 million contract extension with San Jose. On July 4, 2008, Carle was traded, along with Ty Wishart and a first- and fourth-draft pick in 2009 and 2010 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich. On November 7, 2008, just 12 games into Tampa Bay's season, Carle was traded with a 2009 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and a 2009 fourth-round pick. Playing the majority of the year paired with Braydon Coburn, Carle scored four goals and 20 assists and finished with a +2 plus-minus in 64 games for the Flyers.
During the season, he missed five games at the start of December with a rib injury. Carle received a new defense partner when the Flyers traded for Chris Pronger at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft; the duo established chemistry whilst in training camp and started production early in the season. The Flyers' home opener in the 2009–10 season saw Carle tie the NHL record for assists in a single period by a defenseman with four, all coming in the second period against the Washington Capitals. In the game, Carle's passing helped captain Mike Richards score his second career NHL hat-trick. After four seasons with the Flyers, Carle returned to the Lightning as a free agent on July 4, 2012, signing a six-year, $33 million total. On February 16, 2016, Carle played in his 700th career NHL game, which came in a 2–4 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks. With his offensive output dwindling and role reduced with the Lighting, on June 30, 2016, after his fourth season in Tampa Bay, Carle was bought out of the remaining two-year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
On July 27, 2016, he signed a one-year, $700K deal with the Nashville Predators. In the 2016–17 season, Carle made his Predators debut on the blueline on opening night, Carle appeared in 6 games registering 1 assist, averaging a shade over 13 minutes before he was relegated to a healthy scratch status from October 26, 2016. On November 24, Carle was placed on waivers and upon clearing was waived unconditionally by Nashville with the intent of terminating his contract on November 25, 2016; that day, Carle announced his retirement from his 12-season career in the NHL. In 2015, Carle was inducted into the Lancers Hall of Fame. Carle's younger brother David attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's and was planning on attending the University of Denver to play college ice hockey like his older brother Matt, before being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition, cited in the sudden death of young athletes. Despite David Carle's decision to no longer play hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Today, David Carle is the head hockey coach at the University of Denver. The youngest of the Carle brothers, plays hockey for Merrimack College. After three successful seasons of high school-level hockey at Kimball Union Academy in Ne
USA Hockey Arena
The USA Hockey Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Plymouth Township, opened in 1996. Known as the Compuware Sports Arena, its name was shortened to Compuware Arena on September 11, 2007, to better market the venue for non-sporting events it hosted, it was renamed again to USA Hockey Arena in 2015. Peter Karmanos, the President of Compuware and owner of the Detroit Whalers, arranged to build the Whalers a new home as soon as the 1995-96 season ended after playing that season at Oak Park Ice Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills; the Compuware Sports Arena was constructed in six months time, ready for the 1996–97 season. The team remained the Detroit Whalers after moving to Plymouth Township and were renamed the Plymouth Whalers in 1997–98; the complex features two arenas: the main arena, where the Whalers played their home games, is standard NHL-size and has seating for four thousand people. The Olympic Arena is the home ice of Detroit Catholic Central High School although they play games in the main arena when strong attendance is anticipated.
The two arenas share concession stands, both of which have openings for both arenas allowing one set of staff to serve both arenas simultaneously. Attached to the complex is "CJ's Brewing Company"; the arena was home to the now defunct Detroit Ignition, a Major Indoor Soccer League / XSL team, as well as the Compuware Ambassadors minor hockey program. The arena hosted the now defunct Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League during its last season in 2000-2001 The arena hosts the annual MHSAA high school state championships for boys ice hockey. On October 22, 2006, TNA hosted Bound for Glory at the arena. During the summer months, the arena's parking lot is home to a drive-in movie theater that features double feature first run movies on three giant screens, it hosts the commencement ceremonies for Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Northville High School, as well as for other high schools. In November 2014, it was reported that USA Hockey had reached an agreement to take over Compuware Arena by mid-2015, with an intent to relocate the National Team Development Program from Ann Arbor to Plymouth, use the facility to "host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events".
The Plymouth Whalers were to remain a tenant, but were sold in January 2015 and re-located to Flint. In April 2017, USA Hockey Arena hosted the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship. Gucci Mane, October 26, 2007 Journey, November 2, 2008 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Girl Talk, March 3, 2011 Five Finger Death Punch, December 16, 2011 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, We Came as Romans, November 9, 2011 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Pretty Lights, TOKiMONSTA, Paul Basic The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Icona Pop, February 21, 2013 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: High Velocity Super Action Fun Time Festival featuring: Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, Of Mice & Men, Issues, Wilson, February 21, 2014 Official Website of USA Hockey Arena Official Website of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Official Website of USA Hockey Arena Summer Drive-In Official Website of CJ's Brewing Company- Plymouth Official Website of Compuware Youth Hockey
International Ice Hockey Federation
The International Ice Hockey Federation is a worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich and has 76 members, it maintains the IIHF World Ranking. Although the IIHF governs international competitions, the IIHF has no authority and little influence on hockey in North America, where the rules of modern hockey were developed and where the National Hockey League is the most influential hockey organization. Hockey Canada and USA Hockey federations have their own rulebooks, while non-North American federations follow the IIHF rules. Decisions of the IIHF can be appealed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland; the IIHF museum was located within the International Hockey Hall of Fame Museum located in Kingston, Canada, from 1992 to 1997. After terminating the partnership with the International Hockey Hall of Fame, the IIHF signed an agreement with the NHL to house their museum within the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1998, the IIHF museum relocated to Toronto, Canada, occupying over 3,500 square feet within the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The main functions of the IIHF are to govern and organize hockey throughout the world. Another duty is to promote friendly relations among the member national associations and to operate in an organized manner for the good order of the sport; the federation may take the necessary measures in order to conduct itself and its affairs in accordance with its statutes and regulations as well as in holding a clear jurisdiction with regards to ice hockey and in-line hockey at the international level. The IIHF is the body responsible with arranging the sponsorships, license rights and merchandising in connection with all IIHF competitions. Another purpose of the federation is to provide aid in the young players' development and in the development of coaches and game officials. On the other hand, all the events of IIHF are organized by the federation along with establishing and maintaining contact with any other sport federations or sport groups; the IIHF is responsible for processing the international players' transfers.
It is the body that presides over ice hockey at the Olympic Games as well as over all levels of the IIHF World Championships. The federation works in collaboration with local committees when organizing its 25 World Championships, at five different categories. Though the IIHF runs the world championships, it is responsible for the organization of several European club competitions such as the Champions Hockey League or the Continental Cup; the federation is governed by the legislative body of the IIHF, the General Congress along with the executive body, the Council. The Congress is entitled to make decisions with regard to the game's rules, the statutes and bylaws in the name of the federation, it is the body that elects the president and the council or otherwise known as board. The president of the IIHF is the representative of the federation, he represents the federation's interests in all external matters and he is responsible that the decisions are made according to the federation's statutes and regulations.
The president is assisted by the General Secretary, the highest ranked employee of the IIHF. The International Ice Hockey Federation was founded on 15 May 1908 at 34 Rue de Provence in Paris, France, as Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace; the founders of the federation were representatives from Belgium, Great Britain and Bohemia. Louis Magnus, the French representative, was the fifth member to sign the founding document and the first president of the LIHG; the second congress was held from 22 -- 25 January 1909 in France. Playing and competitions rules were established, an agreement was reached for an annual European Championship to be contested, beginning in 1910; the 1909 Coupe de Chamonix was contested during the congress. It was won by Princes Ice Hockey Club. Germany became the sixth LIHG member on 19 September 1909; the third LIHG Congress was held on 9 January 1910 in Switzerland. Louis Magnus was re-elected president and Peter Patton took on the position of vice-president; the first European Championship began in Les Avants a day after the conclusion of the congress.
It was won by Great Britain. Russia was added as the seventh LIHG member and Herman Kleeberg replaced Peter Patton as vice president at the fourth LIHG Congress, held in Berlin from 16–17 February 1911, in conjunction with the 1911 European Championship. On 14 March 1911, the LIHG adopted Canadian rules of ice hockey; the fifth LIHG Congress took place in Brussels, Belgium. Unlike the two previous conferences, it was not held in conjunction with the European Championships, staged in Prague in early February. A verdict was reached regarding the fate of the past month's European Championship, the subject of a protest by Germany, it was decided that the tournament would be annulled as Austria was not yet an LIHG member at the time of its playing. Austria, along with Luxembourg, were accepted as LIHG members at the congress. Henri van den Bulcke succeeded Louis Magnus as LIHG president, Max Sillig replaced Herman Kleeberg as vice-president; the first LIHG Championship was contested in Brussels from 20–24 March.
It was held annually until 1914. At the 1913 congress in St. Moritz, Max Sillig resigned his position as vice-president and was replaced by Peter Patton, who had served in the position from 1910–1911. In February 1913, LIHG
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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Ryan D. Whitney is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman he is an analyst on NHL Network as well as a host on the Barstool Sports Hockey Podcast, Spittin' Chiclets and a recurring guest on Pardon My Take. After playing with his high school team from Thayer Academy and the USA National Development Program, Whitney joined the college ranks with Boston University in 2001. Upon completing his freshman year, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Following parts of three seasons with the Penguins' minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Whitney played his NHL rookie season in 2005–06. Whitney remained in Pittsburgh for three-and-a-half seasons, helping the club to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 after a brief stint with the Anaheim Ducks. Whitney has competed internationally for the United States, he won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
On September 20, 2015, Whitney announced his retirement from professional hockey. As a youth, Whitney played in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from South Shore. Whitney enrolled at Thayer Academy, a college-prep school in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1998, logged significant playing time with their hockey team. Head Coach Jack Foley paired Whitney, a freshman, with senior Brooks Orpik, his future rival in college, his teammate on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Whitney's size and skill drew the attention of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. After resisting the programs invitations, he left Thayer for the program, based in Ann Arbor, for his senior year of high school. After graduating from high school, Whitney accepted a full scholarship to play for Boston University under Jack Parker. In his freshman year, he recorded 21 points in 35 games and was named to the 2002 Hockey East All-Rookie Team, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Upon completing his third year with Boston, he opted to forgo his senior year of college eligibility to turn professional. He was subsequently assigned by Pittsburgh to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, for the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, he played in 20 games, recording 10 points, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals. Following his professional debut in the AHL playoffs, Whitney joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 2004–05 season. Under head coach Michel Therrien, Whitney played in 80 games in 2004–05, recording 41 points and 101 penalty minutes. Whitney made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in the 2005 -- 06 NHL season, he was called up on October 31, 2005, to replace injured defenseman Dick Tärnström and remained on the team until the season ended. His first NHL goal came on December 2005, against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Whitney finished the season with 32 assists. In his second NHL season, Whitney emerged as a top offensive defenseman in the league with 59 points in 2006–07.
Under the guidance of new general manager Ray Shero, the Penguins improved from a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference the year before, to a playoff berth, with Whitney part of the youth movement in Pittsburgh that included forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and goaltender Marc-André Fleury. During the 2007 off-season, Whitney signed a six-year, $24 million contract with a no-trade clause, avoiding his pending restricted free agency, his offensive production dropped in the subsequent 2007 -- 08 season. However, the Penguins finished second in the Eastern Conference and Whitney contributed six points in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as Pittsburgh made it to the Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Pittsburgh was defeated in game six of the series on June 4, 2008. In the 2008 off-season, it was revealed that Whitney had been suffering from a chronic foot injury throughout the season, it was discovered Whitney was born with abnormally high arches in both of his feet. After an attempt using orthopedic inserts in his skates failed, Whitney underwent osteotomy, a surgical procedure to realign the bones in his left foot, on August 15, 2008.
It was expected. After playing one game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, as part of a conditioning stint, Whitney made his return to Pittsburgh, in a 2–0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, on December 23, 2008. On February 26, 2009, Whitney was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi, he scored one goal and five assists during the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, as the Ducks made it to game seven of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, losing to the Detroit Red Wings. On March 3, 2010, Whitney was traded along with a 2010 sixth round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Ľubomír Višňovský; the deal marked the second time that Whitney had been traded within a year though he has a no-trade clause in his contract. Whitney made his Oilers debut against the Minnesota Wild, his first goal for his new team would come in the month, as the Oilers defeated the Detroit Red Wings on March 19. Whitney flourished in his new surroundings, as he finished the 2009–10 season in Edmonton with 11 points from 19 games, one of those goals coming against former team, Anaheim.
He tied with injured winger, Aleš Hemský, as the Oilers team leader for plus-minus totals, with +7. Whitney underwent a second osteotomy in May 2010, this time to realign th
Patrick Timothy Kane II, is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Kane represented the United States at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Kane has won three Stanley Cups as a member of the Blackhawks, in 2010, 2013 and 2015, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 2013. Kane won the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player and Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion in the 2015–16 NHL season. Kane, who led the NHL with 106 points, is the first U. S.-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's scoring leader. He was the first U. S.-born player to win the Hart Trophy. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players; when Kane was fourteen, he played junior hockey for the USA Bobcats, scoring many goals and earning the title of MVP. Kane relocated to Michigan where he lived with former NHL player Pat Verbeek, having been convinced to play for the Honeybaked AAA hockey club in Detroit.
The club is a part of the Midwest Elite Hockey League. Kane's career with Honeybaked lasted for 3 years; the London Knights drafted Kane in the 5th round in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League Midget Draft, but he chose not to play for the Knights until the 2006–07 season. Instead, Kane played for the United States U-18 National Team Development Program, where he led the team in scoring with 102 points during the 2005–06 season, surpassing the previous record holder, Phil Kessel. Playing on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn and Sam Gagner the following season with London, he amassed 145 points for the OHL scoring title and combined with Gagner and Kostitsyn for 394 points. Kane and the Knights finished the post-season by losing in the OHL's Western Conference final to the Plymouth Whalers in a 4–1 best of 7 series, he finished his postseason with 21 assists for a total of 31 points in 16 games. On April 27, 2007, Kane was announced as the winner of the Emms Family Award for the OHL rookie of the year, he was named runner-up to John Tavares for the Red Tilson Trophy as league MVP.
Going into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kane was ranked first among North American prospects by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and was chosen first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. The St. Louis Blues offered to trade the Blackhawks their 9th, 24th and 26th overall picks in the 2007 Draft in order to acquire Chicago's first overall selection and draft Kane. On July 25, 2007, Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon announced that they had signed the right winger to a three-year contract. Kane threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game on June 2007 at Wrigley Field. Kane joined Denis Savard, the Blackhawks' coach, in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Kane threw the first pitch at a Buffalo Bisons game in August. Kane made his NHL debut on October 4, 2007 against the Minnesota Wild, had his first assist and first shootout goal, a game-winner, two days against Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings. On October 19, 2007, he scored his first NHL regulation time goal on José Théodore of the Colorado Avalanche.
With a quick start to his rookie campaign, Kane was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October on November 2, 2007, after tallying five goals and 11 assists in 12 games. On December 15, 2007, Kane and the Blackhawks visited the Buffalo Sabres for a regular season game, it was the first time. Kane received a special cheer from his hometown and a special ceremony was held before the game; the Blackhawks lost the game 3–1, with Kane scoring their lone goal. Kane finished his first NHL campaign atop the rookie scoring race with 72 points. On June 12, 2008, he received the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best rookie player, finishing ahead of teammate Jonathan Toews and Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Bäckström; the following season and Toews helped lead a rejuvenated Blackhawks team back to the playoffs. After recording 70 points in the regular season, Kane notched his first career hat trick in the 2009 playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks in the second round on May 11, 2009.
The Blackhawks won the game 7–5, clinching their spot in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1995. After the game, Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was "fired up" after Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell claimed that Kane "couldn't play five-on-five." He finished his first NHL playoffs with 14 points in 16 games as the Blackhawks were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Detroit Red Wings. In May 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kane would be the cover athlete for EA Sports' NHL 10. In the final season of his initial rookie contract, Kane signed a 5-year, reported $31.5 million extension to remain with the Blackhawks on December 3, 2009. The deal was announced with contract extensions to both Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith as well. In the 2009–10 season, Kane finished with a career-high 88 points to rank ninth in the NHL in scoring; the Blackhawks second in the Western Conference. They advanced to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. On June 9, 2010, in game six of the Finals, Kane scored the overtime winner when he shot the puck under the pads of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and into the net, winning the Blackhawks the Stanley Cup.
The goal ended a 49-year Stanley Cup drought for the Blackhawks. It made Kane the youngest player in NHL history to score a Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime, he was selected as an alternate captain for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. During the 2012–13 NHL loc