On Monday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks came up with a nickname for Patrick Kane. “Benefish,” they dubbed the 24-year-old.
The name came about thanks to all the times Kane found himself the “beneficiary” of playing on a line with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell.
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After the Blackhawks’ 3-2 Stanley Cup-clinching win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday, Kane found out just how much he had benefited, when he became the fourth American to ever be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable postseason performer, left Kane, whose 19 postseason points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 23 games led the Blackhawks, in full-fledged appreciation mode.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “It’s a great tribute to my teammates and how they played with me. I think there are a lot of other players that could have received the award, such as Sharpy (Patrick Sharp), (Corey) Crawford and Bicks (Bryan Bickell). … But to get that award is just something special.”