Patrick Kane is first American to win NHL MVP

Patrick Kane is first American to win NHL MVP
Posted at 11:09 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 10:00:08-04

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, becoming the first American to win the award.

The NHL's scoring champion is the first Chicago player to take home the Hart since Stan Mikita in 1968.

Earlier in the night, Kane won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's outstanding player selected by his fellow players. He also received the Art Ross Trophy for winning the NHL scoring title.

Kane was the runaway winner as expected, getting 121 of the 150 first-place votes. Sidney Crosby finished second with 11 first-place votes, while Dallas' Jamie Benn was third. Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Braden Holtby of Washington was fourth.

Kane, a Buffalo native, also became the first U.S.-born player to lead the league in scoring with 106 points, leading Benn by a whopping 17 points.

Kane already is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with a Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, and he's only 27 years old.

After a night of uneven humor, Michael Keaton finally landed a solid joke. The actor and Pittsburgh native introduced Crosby first among the finalists and then pretended to wrap up the voting, yelling, "That's good enough for me!"

Keaton was all smiles after Kane told him that "Batman Returns" was his favorite movie growing up.