COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. coach John Tortorella said his approach with Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane in the World Cup of Hockey will be to get out of his way.
“I want him thinking about just being creative,” Tortorella said. “He generally is one of the most dangerous players in the world. What am I going to do to coach that?”
Last season, Kane became the first American to win the Hart Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player after winning the league scoring race by 17 points. Kane generated 46 goals and 60 assists for 106 points in the NHL’s lowest-scoring season since 2003-04.
“I think he is so spontaneous and that’s what the game of hockey is,” Tortorella said. “That’s what I complain about with all of these analytics. Analytics are so false within our game because it is such a spontaneous, creative game in all situations. (Kane) thrives in that. He doesn’t know what he’s doing when he’s playing. That’s what so great about him. It just comes to him. It’s…