For the second consecutive year, Patrick Kane has received postseason MVP honors. Of course, we're not talking about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Williams took home the title and MVP, respectively, but Kane did earn some additional hardware this summer.
That's right, the 2013 Conn Smythe Award winner has been crowned most valuable player of the championship game for the Fattey Hockey League, a high-level men's league in Kane's native Buffalo.
The Blackhawks star led the Milli Vanilli (awesome) to the win over the Pet Shop Boys (all the team names are bands) on Tuesday, sweeping the best of three series. Here's the victors via photographer Dan Hickling:
Kane had 14 goals in FHL play over the season.
You may recall that Kane recently participated in another men's league game over in the Performax Hockey League. In that game he had 10 points. He also played in two other games in that league, though the stat line was a little less eye-popping. It turns out, the guy just likes playing hockey.
You may also recall that one of Kane's teammates in the Performax league was the Vinny Scarsella. His claim to fame was that he he scored more goals than Kane in that 10-point game. Kane had five goals, while Scarsella scored seven. Guess what? Start the myth-maker machine. Scarsella was a member of Kane's Milli Vanilli team and was the Fattey Hockey League's leading scorer, too, with 25 tallies. Scarsella spent last season with the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL, but his agent should start sending his men's league highlights to NHL clubs right now.
We like having a little fun with the fact that Kane is filling his summer with men's league hockey, but in actuality, a lot of NHL players skate with local men's leagues or go to their local drop in hockey games in the offseason. Most of them don't tend to keep stats and hand out postseason awards though.
Considering that years ago Kane's offseason antics tended to be a bit of the racier variety, Blackhawks fans should be relieved to see a more PG activity. Playing in these higher-level leagues, where they typically don't check, allows players to stay in shape and stay focused for the season ahead without much worry about injury. So there are certainly benefits beyond the fun factor.
And Kane sure does look like he had fun.
(h/t CBS Local Chicago)