Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane

Day with Cup shows Kane's evolution

August, 29, 2013
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Burnside By Scott Burnside
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Donna Kane is taking a break from the sweltering closeness inside the West Seneca arena where thousands of people, many wearing Patrick Kane jerseys, have lined up for a glimpse of her son and a couple of trophies he's brought along with him for the day.

She brought young Patrick here regularly as he was growing up. While he was tearing it up on the ice, establishing himself as a true, rare hockey prodigy, his three younger sisters would be running amok, playing under the frigid metal stands, often tumbling down the steps with their dolls, refusing their mother's pleas to wear their jackets.

The three sisters -- Erica, Jessica and Jacqueline -- are more women than girls now and are on hand this day, as is Patrick Kane's father, Pat senior, other family members and a clutch of close friends, many of whom were part of Kane's entourage when he first enjoyed the singular excitement of hosting the Stanley Cup after Chicago's seminal win in 2010 over Philadelphia.

We are often reminded when we share these moments with Stanley Cup champions that these days represent a journey, not just a visit with the Cup.

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Blackhawks lucky to have Kane

June, 23, 2013
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- If luck is truly the residue of design, then Patrick Kane knew it was coming all along.

Kane is known for his speed and his skill, but like a fourth-line grinder, he isn’t afraid to take his buddies’ leftovers and close the deal. He's more Finish than Teemu Selanne.

Kane, the boy king of Chicago hockey, scored the first two goals in the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win in Game 5, putting them one win away from their second Stanley Cup in four years.

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Blackhawks expecting tougher Game 2

May, 17, 2013
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the Detroit Red Wings to be a more driven team in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday after being outplayed in Game 1.

The Blackhawks ran away from the Red Wings with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday. Chicago dominated the puck the last two periods and outshot Detroit 42-21 for the game.

“We expect a harder game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Friday’s practice. “Physically, I’m sure it’s going to be more physical than the first game. As you progress, as we found in the Minnesota series, it’s like that. Don’t wait for it to happen, expect it to happen and be more proactive than reactionary. So let’s have that mentality going into the game.”

Quenneville and a number of his players called Wednesday’s win their best performance of the playoffs. Quenneville had called for his team to play with more energy after the Wild series.

Chicago has defeated Detroit in the teams' past eight meetings, but the Blackhawks realize the series is far from over. They witnessed the fight in the Red Wings throughout their foes' seven-game series with the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.

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Kane named Lady Byng finalist

May, 16, 2013
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Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, the league's sportsmanship award.

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Video: Kane on Kings and trade deadline

March, 25, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane talks about the upcoming schedule, the team's recent success against the Kings and the atmosphere as the trade deadline approaches.

Kane honored by league after 5-goal week

February, 11, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane was named the NHL’s First Star in its “Three Stars” of the week on Monday.

Kane led all players last week with five goals. He scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 5. He had two more goals and an assist in a 6-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 7. He also scored once in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators.

Kane is second in the league with 19 points, second with nine goals and 10th with 10 assists. This is the best start Kane has had to a season in his career.

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn was given the Second Star after recording six points, including two game-winning goals, last week. New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur received the Third Star for going 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-again average and .942 save percentage last week.

Blackhawks turn to Bolland as No. 2 center

January, 13, 2013
1/13/13
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks search for a reliable No. 2 center continued Sunday where it left off last season.

Coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful this time around the Blackhawks can find their man quickly rather than enduring another endless search like a season ago.

On Sunday in the Blackhawks' first practice of the 2013 season, Quenneville unveiled Dave Bolland as his newest attempt to solve the No. 2 center problem. Bolland participated in drills alongside wings Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp at Johnny's IceHouse West.

The 26-year-old Bolland has built his reputation as a defense-minded and checking-line center since he became a staple in the Blackhawks' roster in 2007. But Quenneville says he believes Bolland can work as the No. 2 center because Bolland possesses some offensive game, has plenty of defensive game and he'll be flanked by two very gifted scorers.

"Having some offensive guys surrounded with him, we think offensively there would be some nice production between the three of them," Quenneville said. "At the same time, there's responsibility defensively. I like the balance that line shows and the upside offensively that they all bring. But Bolly offensively has some skill, and you could argue every team in the league, Bolly could be their second-line center."

Bolland's placement at No. 2 center is a decision also backed by Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman said Bolland has earned that chance.

"I think in some ways we've slotted Dave in that third role for some time," Bowman said. "Each player in our team has growth for their game. In order to demonstrate that, you have to give them the opportunity.

"The timing is now to see if that fits. We certainly know he can play in that (checking-line) role he's been playing in for a number of years. But his pedigree prior to coming to the Blackhawks as a third-line center, he was an offensive player really throughout."

Bolland put up some impressive offensive numbers early in his career. In the 2005-2006 season in the OHL, he registered 130 points. It was with his arrival to the Blackhawks he began to concentrate more on the defensive side.

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Former Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick talks to Waddle & Silvy about the current Hawks team and what his advice would be for Patrick Kane.

Kane to skate in charity game, then head overseas

October, 23, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane's decision to bolt for Europe isn’t any more of an indication that talks between the league and the players association aren’t going well. That notion doesn’t need more evidence. It just means he’s restless and wants to play hockey.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswirePatrick Kane won't head to Switzerland until after Friday's "Champs for Charity" game.
Though a new CBA doesn’t seem to be nearing completion, that could change at any time and Kane would be back. Expect more of his teammates to join him overseas as the calendar moves towards November.

The good news is that Kane held off joining EHC Biel in the Swiss league until after the “Champs for Charity” game is played on Friday at the AllState Arena.

"Everyone is very appreciative that Patrick held off going to Europe until after the game,” NHL agent and game organizer Bill Zito said. “That was a class act and I know the Ronald McDonald House will benefit because of it.”

Kane will join many of the Blackhawks who won a Stanley Cup in 2010, and other NHL players, for what’s shaping up to be a memorable night -- all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago. Adam Burish, Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell will skate with their former teammates while other former Hawks like James Wisniewski, Jim Vandermeer, Jake Dowell and Craig Anderson will also participate.

Facing the Hawks will be a team consisting of Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, Ville Leino of the Buffalo Sabres, Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers and Joe Corvo of the Carolina Hurricanes, to name a few. The final rosters will be set in the coming days.

It may not be the hockey everyone was hoping for at this time of year but an early reunion of many of the 2010 Blackhawks can’t be a bad thing for a fan base starving for the NHL to return. The only question is: How competitive will the game be?

“That’s the goal,” Patrick Sharp said recently. “We’ve been working out with each other for a long time now. It will be fun to play a real game.”

It might be the only chance for Chicagoans to see their favorite players for a while as Kane and others are bound for Europe. At least some good will come of the lockout. The Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland is hoping to raise $250,000 through sponsors and ticket sales. It might turn out to be the only positive of a situation that’s been bleak since summer.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Kane embarrassed, denies drinking problem

July, 20, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Friday he doesn't think he has a drinking problem, but he was "embarrassed" by a public display of partying early in the offseason during a Cinco De Mayo celebration in Madison, Wisc.

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Toews offers support to 'still-learning' Kane

June, 25, 2012
6/25/12
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews expressed “support” for teammate Patrick Kane as NHL players gathered in Chicago for a round of meetings in advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Toews was asked about Kane’s weekend in Madison, Wis. in early May where he was photographed in unflattering moments while partying at a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

“He’s still learning,” Toews said. “It’s unfortunate, now people are looking for that sort of thing. We just want him to know we’re supporting him. I’m sure he’s being very hard on himself right now. [I’d tell him] just to hang in there. I think with time it will go away again and he’ll be able to focus on hockey again.”

Toews wasn’t necessarily buying the idea that Kane needs to keep a lower profile, but admitted Kane is different than most people.

“People want to get to know him and the next thing you know you’re under a microscope,” Toews said. “There’s a lot of 23-, 24-year-old kids out there having a great time and they don’t have to worry about that sort of thing. He does. It’s tough. It’s tough on him.”

Toews intimated Kane’s flair for the game and personality off the ice make him someone people want to meet.

“There’s no doubt Kane has that personality that people are drawn towards him,” Toews said. “He’s an interesting guy.”

Blackhawks draft Teuvo Teravainen

June, 22, 2012
6/22/12
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks think they got a steal when they drafted Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th pick in the NHL entry draft on Friday night. Teravainen was considered by many experts to be a Top 5 pick.

"We're really excited that he was still available when we picked," general manager Stan Bowman said. "We had him much higher on our list. To get him at the 18th spot was really impressive. We're thrilled with it.

"He's a dynamic offensive player. He has great hands. He's got the ability to make plays. He's a gifted offensive player. The talent that you can get at that level picking at the 18th spot was pretty impressive."

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Bowman 'disappointed' in Kane

May, 29, 2012
5/29/12
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman commented publicly for the first time since pictures emerged of star forward Patrick Kane apparently partying at the University of Wisconsin earlier this month.

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1st-period wrap: Hawks 1, Coyotes 0

April, 17, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks led the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 after the first period of Game 3 at the United Center on Tuesday.

Patrick Kane scored with under 30 seconds to play in the period after a faceoff win by Marcus Kruger led to Kane’s shot near the point. Andrew Brunette provided the screen for him.

The Coyotes had 16 shots on net and the better scoring chances, while also earning two power plays, but the story of the first period was a scary hit by Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa. Torres hit Hossa in the head midway through the period after Hossa passed the puck. Hossa went down to the ice and was eventually carted off on a stretcher.

There was no further update on Hossa and no penalty was called on the play, although Brandon Bollig quickly jumped Torres and was given a roughing penalty.

The Hawks had 10 shots on net, but not many scoring chances other than on Kane’s goal.

A Kane/Toews/Hossa line looking likely

April, 9, 2012
4/09/12
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks playoff lineup started to take shape with Monday’s first postseason practice. And the moment Jonathan Toews lined up at center with Patrick Kane to his left, you knew it was going to be an interesting day.

Toews didn’t exactly declare himself in Thursday’s Game 1 lineup against the Phoenix Coyotes, but let’s put it this way: He’s playing unless he has a setback from his concussion.

"I'm feeling more confident Thursday might be the day, but we'll see,” Toews said after practice to the largest media contingent of the season.

We’re down to semantics with Toews. And that’s just fine. No reason to put the cart ahead of the horse at this late date in his recovery. In other words, why jinx it until lineups need to be turned in?

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Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty ImagesPatrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa could prove a formidable line in the playoffs.
But with Kane on left wing instead of center or the right side, it all but assures Joel Quenneville is planning on having his captain in the lineup. You don’t ask an All-Star to play a position he hasn’t played since November of 2009 on a whim. Kane, Toews and Marian Hossa on the same line is happening.

“It’s a little bit different,” Kane said. “I’ve never really played it before. We just want to play with the puck. Working hard is the biggest thing, especially with the amount of skill we have. It seems like it could be a fun line.”

Kane and Hossa quickly remembered the last time it was tried. It was in Hossa’s Hawks debut back in 2009 against the San Jose Sharks.

“I remember three years ago, in my first game, we played together right away but after that we didn’t play much together,” Hossa said. “It can [click] right away or it can take some time. Hopefully it clicks right away.”

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