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Kane becomes second straight U.S.-born player selected first

Updated: June 23, 2007, 6:04 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Oh, Canada! For the first time, Americans were taken with the top two picks in the NHL draft.

First, the Chicago Blackhawks, trying to rebuild a once-proud franchise after four consecutive losing seasons, selected Buffalo, N.Y., native Patrick Kane with the No. 1 pick Friday night. Then the Philadelphia Flyers picked left winger James vanRiemsdyk, a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program from Middletown, N.J.

"It's good to have the No. 1 and No. 2 picks," ...

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