Dominik Kahun‘s path to the NHL isn’t like most of his teammates. Kahun is a 23-year-old center who comes from Germany. At 5’11” and 174 lbs, Kahun is a player that brings the heat on the ice. He’s a smart, two-way player with beautifully skilled hands. He’s a talented young player who had to fight and claw for every places he’s played at.
Kahun played for the Sudbury Wolves in Canada but went undrafted in 2015. Kahun returned to Germany, where he played for ECH Munchen and the German Men’s Hockey Team. During his time in Germany, Kahun honed in on his skills and drove himself to his goal. He worked hard in German’s DEL to improve upon himself and worked hard for his dream of playing in the NHL. Kahun liked his team in Germany, learning from the veterans and playing amazing hockey. Kahun talked about how important it was for him to learn the German league about life on and off the ice:
“My time in Munich really helped me too. It was my first professional team, there I was able to learn a lot from the veteran players about what it means to be a professional, how you need to conduct yourself both on and off the ice. This was very important for me.” (x)
Kahun won 3 DEL Championships and an Olympic Silver medal from the last Olympic games. But even with all the success, he still had one more goal in mind.
Kahun returned to the US to participate in the Chicago Blackhawks training camp before this season and he astounded the scouts. Kahun made the team and has been a key player for the Hawks since. With 11 goals and 20 assists in all 67 games Kahun has been a big help when the Blackhawks have hit rough patches. Kahun was recently asked about what he had expected out of that training camp:
“[Making the team] was the goal I had for myself when I arrived here, but I didn’t really know if it would happen that fast – or that I would get the opportunity to play on the first line. However, I knew that I could do it and I came here with the self-confidence that comes with experience.” (x)
All of Kahun’s hard work and dedication has paid off well for him so far this season. Kahun has played on every line for the Hawks but has found a good home along side Dylan Strome and Alex Debrincat, as well as creating good chemistry with captain, Jonathan Toews. Kahun has been a big part of the Blackhawks bounce back after falling apart at the seams last season. Not to mention, Kahun has a nice cap hit of $925,000 which helps this struggling team.
Dominik Kahun has played amazing, silencing critics and helping out his struggling team. On top of that, he’s quickly become a fan favorite, with his open expressions and positive energy. He’s a key part of this Blackhawks team and will hopefully be kept around for years to come. But one thing is for sure, this kid has fought for his dream and he’s a great example to never give up.
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