Kane County got creative with a play on words Thursday to show its appreciation for Patrick Kane.
Aug. 8, or 8/8, was designated "Patrick Kane County Day" by the Kane County Board to honor the great achievements and success of No. 88 himself.
According to the Kane County Chronicle, this is not the first time suburban Kane County has tried to approve a day to celebrate Patrick Kane. The county's water resource manager, Scott Hajek, introduced the idea of a designated holiday for Patrick Kane after the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.
Hajek's idea to pay homage to Patrick Kane finally came to fruition in 2013.
And though Hajek said it was a longshot, he said he did try to reach out to Kane for a visit. But Hajek acknowledged Kane "has got bigger priorities," he told the Chronicle. "This is just a way to honor the Blackhawks and Patrick Kane, who has the same name as our county. It seemed like fun thing to do."
Kane has been part of Blackhawks teams that have brought two Stanley Cup titles to Chicago in the past four years. Kane also won the 2013 Conn Smythe trophy, awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kane can now add having a day named after him to his list of accomplishments.
It makes you wonder, though, will this be the start of a new trend? Does Crawford County, Ill., plan on honoring Cup-winning goalie Corey Crawford? Keith County, Neb., could have a tie-in with local dentists. And Sharp County, Ark., could bring some hockey publicity to a state without an NHL team. The possibilities are endless.