No. 1 draft pick Kane signs three-year deal

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane, the
No. 1 pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft, signed a three-year
contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Kane, 18, scored 62 goals in 58 games in his rookie
season with the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights.

"Patrick is a dynamic and exciting young player," Blackhawks
general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement.

"We're pleased that he will begin a long and productive
career with the Blackhawks when we open camp on September 13.
Patrick will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening
night roster."

Kane, the first of a record-equalling 10 American players
selected in the first round of last month's draft, said "I'm
looking forward to a long and exciting career with the team."

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kane ended the 2006-07
Ontario Hockey League as the leading scorer, rookie of the year
and a first team All-Star.

"The Blackhawks organization has treated my family and me in a
first-class manner and I'm looking forward to a long and exciting
career with the team," Kane said in a statement. "The first step
will be to come to what will be a very competitive training camp
and earn a spot on the roster."

Blackhawks camp opens Sept. 13.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.