In a ceremony that took place before Friday’s game, the London Knights honoured Patrick Kane by retiring his number 88. His number 88 became the 9th number to be retired by the organization and the first since David Bolland had his number 91 retired in 2014.
Kane arrived in London in 2006-07 and dazzled OHL fans by scoring 62 goals and leading the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 145 points in 58 games. That season he found instant chemistry with two other future NHLers Sam Gagner and Sergei Kostitsyn. These three players formed one of the most feared lines throughout junior hockey that season. That season, Kane would win a multitude of honours including CHL Rookie of the Year and CHL Top Scorer.
Kane went on to be selected first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and in 12 seasons in Chicago he has helped the ‘Hawks win three Stanley Cups. Kane has also amassed numerous individual orders over his NHL career including the Calder Memorial Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Hart Trophy, and is a 9 time NHL All Star.