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Sharks Re-Sign Kane to 7-Year Contract

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders. It's extremely heartening to have Evander join a trend of elite players who have chosen to remain in San Jose. It speaks volumes as to how players view this organization and further illustrates the continued commitment to our fans by our owner Hasso Plattner."

Kane posted 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 17 games with San Jose, including his first career hat trick and four-goal game on March 26 at Calgary, after being acquired at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline.

In nine Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Sharks, he added five points (four goals, one assist) and 23 penalty minutes.

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Playing in a career-high 78 regular season games with San Jose and Buffalo during the 2017-18 season, Kane scored 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists) and posted 82 penalty minutes. He finished tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals with four. Kane joined Jamie Benn and Corey Perryas the only players to finish with at least 15 goals, 150 shots and 50 penalty minutes in each of the last seven seasons.

Of NHL players to score 20 or more goals last season, Kane's 82 penalty minutes ranks second and no NHL forward with 150 or more hits scored more goals than Kane (159 hits). He finished fourth in the NHL in shots with 307 and has not finished lower than 11th in shots on goal in the last three seasons. Additionally, Kane and Brent Burns were the only teammates to finish amongst the NHL's top-5 shot leaders last season.

From his 2009 draft class, only John Tavares and Matt Duchene have scored more goals than Kane while his point total ranks fifth amongst the draft class. Since Kane entered the NHL during the 2009-10 season, only Alex Ovechkin averages more shots per game (4.57) than Kane (3.57, tied for second).

In 574 career NHL games with Atlanta/Winnipeg, Buffalo and San Jose, Kane has posted 354 points (186 goals, 168 assists) and 671 penalty minutes. He has reached the 20-goal plateau four times in his career, including each of the past three seasons, and posted career highs in goals (30), assists (27) and points (57) during the 2011-12 campaign with Winnipeg, becoming the NHL's youngest 30-goal scorer that season (20 years old).

Internationally, Kane has represented Canada at several tournaments, including the World Championship (2010-12), World Jr. Championship (2009 - Gold Medal), Hlinka Memorial Tournament (2008 - Gold Medal), and the World Hockey U-17 Challenge (2008). He was a Memorial Cup Champion with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2007.

The six-foot-two, 212-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was originally drafted by Atlanta in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He was acquired by San Jose from Buffalo on Feb. 26 for a first round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, Forward Danny O'Regan and an additional conditional 2019 or 2020 draft selection.

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