Just as it was starting to look bleak for Evander Kane his career took an unexpected turn which could result in his rise to “impact player status” in the NHL.
Kane has experienced a rough ride the last few seasons after being drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009. When the Thrashers changed addresses and moved to Winnipeg, Kane started to have his troubles adapting to the city and getting along with some of his teammates.
Kane was born on August 2, 1991, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Perry and Sheri Kane, who named him after famed boxer Evander Holyfield. He provided a early glimpse of his boxing prowess by knocking out Pittsburgh Penguin tough guy Matt Cooke while still a teenager when he was a member of the Thrashers in 2010.
His uncle, Leonard Kane, is a member of the Canadian Ball Hockey Hall of Fame and cousin, Kirk Johnson, boxed for Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and later fought John Ruiz for the 2002 World Boxing Association World Boxing Association Heavyweight title.
After a locker room altercation with a Winnipeg team mate the handwriting was on the wall that his time as a Jet was over and Kane was soon traded to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal. His start with the Sabres was initially rocky and he was plagued with a reputation as a brash and arrogant player with talent. Early on he suffered with injuries and like Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks he was accessed of inappropriate behavior with a female in his hotel room.
Some began to whisper that Kane, who seemed to consistently have issues, was on a downward spiral. To his credit Kane took the professional route. He did not let the news reports and rumors negatively affect his play. In fact, he seem to get some energy from the adversity upping his performance. He started to put pucks in the net while displaying his undeniable speed and physical presence.
Then what may be his defining moment in 2016, he scored one goal in Florida’s 7-4 road win, but more importantly he fought the 6 foot 4, 206 pound, Alex Petrovic three times – and beat him three times.
After the second brawl, Kane taunted Petrovic — letting him know he was 2-0 on the night — as referees separated them.NHL rules, both were given game misconducts after the third fight so Kane exited the arena to the jeers of the Florida fans and the cheers of his team mates. .
According to Wikipedia in his major junior career, Kane won the Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2007, finished as runner-up for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year in 2008 and was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2009. Kane also set the Giants’ franchise record for single-season goals in 2008–09.
Internationally, Kane has won gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2009 World Junior Championships. He has also competed in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
The last time two players fought three times was on January 10, 2001, when Bob Probert and Jody Shelley fought three times in the same game. Kane’s inspired play continued with him scoring twice against the Montreal Canadians .
If he keeps up his current intensity he will be unique in the NHL displaying toughness and skill-a attribute not very many players possess in today’s NHL.