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Reigning MVP, Patrick Kane, Gets the NHL '94 Treatment

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Reigning MVP, Patrick Kane, Gets the NHL '94 Treatment

If you knew what you were doing and you got to pick your team first, chances are you snatched up the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL '94 -- the best and most iconic edition of the EA Sports video-game franchise, which debuted back in 1991.  

Why? Well simply put, No. 27. Jeremy Roenick, a.k.a. JR, was rated better than both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in the game. He was an absolute menace. 

Vince Vaughn said it best in the 1996 classic movie Swingers, "It's not even so much me as it's Roenick. He's good." 

As arguably one of the most memorable video games of its time, we felt it not only right, but necessary, that Patrick Kane get the NHL '94 treatment. 


Following up his MVP season, in which Kane racked up 106 points in 2016, finishing with 17 more points than Jamie Benn and 21 more than Sidney Crosby, the 28-year-old once again has the Blackhawks in Stanley Cup contention and his name back in the race for the Hart Memorial Trophy -- the award given to the league's MVP. 

Midway through last season, Kane went on a 26-game points streak, which was the longest for any player since the 1992-93 season.

Kane is the seventh Blackhawks player to win the Hart Trophy, and the first since Stan Mikita in 1968.

Personally, I resisted throwing out my old Sega Genesis for many many years after the fact solely so I could play '94; it was either NHL '94 or Coach K in the slot at all times. 

During his ascent to the top, Kane has assaulted goaltenders from all angles and even developed his own catch phrase, 'Showtime'. The dynamic winger, yelled "Showtime!" after scoring a highlight-reel goal in the opening game of the second-round series against the Minnesota Wild back in 2014 continues to dazzle the league on a nightly basis. 

Like snapbacks and Starter jackets, what's old is fresh again. This is one that every Blackhawks fan needs. 

Showtime, Patrick Kane, NHL '94

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