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From Kane's candidacy to Avery's stupidity, it was a very busy year

Updated: January 4, 2009, 5:34 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot …"

In the NHL's 2008 calendar year:

A young, American-born, Chicago-based upstart campaigned from sea to shining sea, and beyond, and won the election. Of course, I'm talking about Patrick Kane and the Calder Memorial Trophy, and now he hopes to visit Barack Obama in the White House at least once in the next four years … to be feted for a Stanley Cup win.

The Penguins' 2-1 shootout victory over the Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

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