|Born||August 2, 1991 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
HC Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2009|
Evander Kane (born on August 2, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left wing with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Selected fourth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Evander was drafted from the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
During his major junior career, Evander won the Memorial Cup with the Giants in 2007, finished as runner-up for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year in 2008 and was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 2009. He also set the Giants' franchise record for single-season goals in 2008–09.
Internationally, Evander has won gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2009 World Junior Championships. He has also competed in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
Early Playing Career
When he was 14 years old, Evander recorded 140 points in 66 games with the bantam North Shore Winter Club followed by a 22-goal, 54-point campaign to finish fourth in league scoring with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BC Hockey Major Midget League (BCMML).
Prior to playing bantam and midget hockey, Evander also played minor hockey with the Vancouver Thunderbirds.
Vancouver Giants (2006–09)
Evander was drafted 19th overall in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants and immediately played eight games for the Giants in the 2006–07 season. He received his first WHL call-up for a game against the Seattle Thunderbirds on December 13, 2006, due to other Giants players international commitments in the World Junior Championships.
On March 25, 2007, Evander scored his first WHL goal, a game-tying marker, the last game of the regular season. He also suited up for five WHL post-season games, being originally called up for the playoffs after Giants forward Tim Kraus was suspended for game three of the opening round.
Evander later appeared in two Memorial Cup games, tallying an assist, as part of the Giants' 2007 Memorial Cup championship. His gritty play (he accumulated 150 penalty minutes in 30 games during midget) earned him an early comparison to Darcy Tucker from Giants head coach Don Hay, who had coached Tucker as a junior with the Kamloops Blazers.
Set to begin his rookie campaign with the Giants the following season, Evander experienced a minor setback as he was forced to miss the start of training camp with a case of mononucleosis.
Nevertheless, Evander recovered and joined the Giants full-time to tally 24 goals (third in team scoring) and 41 points in his first WHL season.
Finishing tenth in rookie scoring, he was nominated for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as league rookie of the year, which was awarded to Brayden Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Evander emerged with an impressive start to the 2008–09 season, registering at least a point in each of his first 22 games.
After recording his first WHL hat-trick on October 10, 2008 against the Kelowna Rockets, Evander was named WHL Player of the Week on October 12, 2008, succeeding linemate Casey Pierro-Zabotel who had been chosen the previous week.
Shortly thereafter, the WHL selected Evander to represent the league at the 2008 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, however, due to a bruised heel suffered on November 15 in a game against the Kelowna Rockets, he was not able to compete for Team WHL.
Evander recovered and earned a spot as an injury replacement at the 2009 World Junior Championships with Team Canada. Upon returning with a gold medal, he was named player of the week for the second time in the season on January 12, 2009, after scoring six points in two games immediately following the World Juniors.
Later that month, Evander participated in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game as captain for Team Cherry. He finished his second WHL season with 48 goals and 96 points, fourth in league scoring. He surprassed Adam Courchaine's team record of 43 goals in a single season, set in 2002–03.
Second in team scoring to Pierro-Zabotel's 115 points, the linemates finished one-two in all-time Giants' single-season scoring as Pierro-Zabotel and Kane both surpassed Gilbert Brulé's previous 87-point mark.
Evander received WHL West First Team All-Star honours along with teammates Pierro-Zabotel and Jonathon Blum.
In the subsequent 2009 playoffs, after the Giants swept the Prince George Cougars in the first round, Evander scored a double-overtime game-winner to force a seventh game in the second round against the Spokane Chiefs.
After eliminating the Chiefs in the seventh game, the Giants were then defeated by the Kelowna Rockets in six games in the semi-finals. In 17 post-season games, Evander accumulated 15 points.
The preliminary rankings by NHL Central Scouting Services (CSS) listed Evander as the second-best draft-eligible WHL skater, behind Spokane Chiefs defenceman Jared Cowen for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. International Scouting Services (ISS) ranked Kane at eighth overall among all draft-eligible skaters.
Following Evander's performance at the 2009 World Junior Championships, he rose to third overall among North American skaters, behind John Tavares and Matt Duchene and first in the WHL in the NHL CSS's midseason and final rankings.
Accordingly, Evander was selected by the NHL CSS as the WHL's nominee for the CHL Top Draft Prospect Award (the award was given to Tavares, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) nominee). Leading up to the 2009 draft, the ISS listed him fifth overall in their April rankings.
After Tavares, Victor Hedman and Duchene were taken with the top three picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Evander was selected fourth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers.
Evander became the highest drafted born-and-raised player from Vancouver since Paul Kariya was taken fourth overall in 1993 (Barry Beck was the highest at second overall in 1977), the highest drafted Vancouver Giants player in the history of the franchise (surpassing Gilbert Brule, who was drafted sixth overall in 2005) and the highest drafted black player in NHL history.
Less than a month later, the Thrashers signed Evander to an entry-level contract on July 20, 2009.
Evander made the Thrashers' lineup out of his first NHL training camp for the 2009–10 season. He recorded his first career NHL point in his debut on October 3, 2009, earning an assist on a goal by Rich Peverley against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His first goal was scored five days later, on October 8, beating Chris Mason with a snap shot in a 4–2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Evander played his first NHL game in his hometown a couple months later in an away game against the Vancouver Canucks on December 10. Kane had a near-goal go to review as the Thrashers lost 4–2.
Evander suffered a left foot injury late in his rookie season, blocking a shot during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 6, 2010. A CT scan three days later revealed a bone fracture. He missed 15 games before returning to the lineup on April 3, 2010.
Playing in the Thrashers' last game of the season on April 10, Evander was challenged to a fight by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke. He landed two punches to Cooke's jaw, knocking him unconscious on the ice for several minutes. Evander finished his NHL rookie campaign with 14 goals and 26 points in 66 games, ranked 12th among first-year point-scorers.
Evander suffered several minor injuries during his second NHL season in 2010–11 season. During a game against the Colorado Avalanche on November 30, 2010, he suffered a left knee injury after he was struck by a shot from teammate Tobias Enstrom, he missed two games. The following month, Evander missed one game due to an arm injury, sustained during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 7th.
In January of 2011, Evander missed an additional six games due to a lower-body injury. Kept from the lineup for a total nine games, he increased his points total to 43 with 19 goals and 24 assists. He ranked fifth in team point-scoring, third among forward behind captain Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little.
During the off-season, the Thrashers franchise was bought and relocated by True North Sports and Entertainment, becoming the Winnipeg Jets. Kane expressed excitement at the move and being able to play in a Canadian hockey market with a passionate fanbase.
Although the previous incarnation of the Jets represented a separate franchise (the team became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996), the team had retired the number 9 jersey in honour of Bobby Hull.
In preparation of the move to Winnipeg, Evander made it apparent to the media that he would personally ask for Hull's permission to continue wearing the number he had worn as a Thrasher.
Evander was enjoying a successful first season as a Jet, leading his team in scoring with 18 goals and 31 points by mid-January of 2012. During that month, however, he was sidelined with a concussion that was reported on January 21, 2012.
Following a seven-game absence, Evander returned to the lineup early the next month. He then told reporters that he had been playing through concussion-like symptoms for a month since receiving a hit during a game against the New York Islanders on December 20, 2011.
Later in the season, Evander recorded a four-point game (two goals and two assists) in a 7–0 win against the Florida Panthers on March 1, 2012.
On September 15, 2012, Evander signed a 6-year, $31.5 Million contract with the Jets. As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he joined HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Evander was the first Canadian NHL player to sign a contract with the KHL. However after twelve games with the club, in which he recorded one goal, he was released by Dynamo. The club's athletic director suggested that Evander "could not adapt to hockey in the KHL," but also said that both sides mutually agreed to end the contract.
|2005–06||North Shore Winter Club||Bantam||66||—||—||140||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Greater Vancouver Canadians||BCMML||30||22||32||54||150||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||HC Dinamo Minsk||KHL||12||1||1||2||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Coming off his rookie season of major junior, Evander competed in the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, capturing gold with Canada's under-18 team. He totalled four points in four games, including an assist in the 6–3 gold medal game win against Russia.
Later that year, Evander was invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the 2009 World Junior Championships along with teammate Tyson Sexsmith. Although he was not initially named to the final roster, a knee injury to Dana Tyrell in tournament exhibition play made a roster spot available and Evander was chosen as his replacement.
As the youngest player on the team, Evander contributed six points in six games, helping Canada to a fifth straight gold medal with a 5–1 victory over Sweden in the final.
Following his rookie season in the NHL, Evander was named to the Canadian men's team for the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany. General manager Mark Messier made a specific effort to assemble a young team.
As a result, Evander was one of five teenagers on the roster. He finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in seven games. Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Russia and finished in seventh place.
The following year, Evander returned to the national team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. He recorded two assists over seven games as Canada suffered a second consecutive defeat in the quarterfinal to Russia.
Awards & Achievements
|Memorial Cup (Vancouver Giants)||2007|
|Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy nomination (rookie of the year)||2008|
|Player of the Week||October 12, 2008|
|West First All-Star Team||2009|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament gold medal (Team Canada)||2008|
|World Junior gold medal (Team Canada)||2009|
- Vancouver Giants franchise record; most goals, single-season: 48 in 2008–09 (surpassed Adam Courchaine - 43 in 2002–03)
Evander's parents are Perry and Sheri Kane. He has two sisters named Brea & Kyla (who are two and four years younger than him respectively). He was named after American boxer Evander Holyfield (whom he met when he was 18 years old)
His father was an amateur boxer and hockey player who played with the Cole Harbour Scotia Colts and Dartmouth Arrows of the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League (MVJHL) in Nova Scotia as well as with St. Francis Xavier University.
His mother was a professional volleyball player. His uncle Leonard Kane, is a member of the Canadian Ball Hockey Hall of Fame.
Evander's cousin, Dwayne Provo played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for seven years and spent one season with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
Another one of his cousins, Kirk Johnson, boxed for Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and later fought John Ruiz for the 2002 World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight title.
Evander grew up in East Vancouver and attended high school at John Oliver Secondary. He also played baseball, basketball and soccer while growing up.
Evander began skating when he was three years old and started playing minor hockey when he was eight years old. His father instructed him in his early years and initially wanted to keep him out of organized hockey until Evander was ten years old.