More mature Kane staying 'out of trouble'

July, 26, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane hasn’t stopped letting himself enjoy his second Stanley Cup of his career, but he has become smarter about where and how he does it.

At the 2012 Blackhawks convention, Kane had to answer questions about a public display of partying during a Cinco De Mayo celebration in Madison, Wis. and admitted he was embarrassed by it. On Friday at the opening of the 2013 convention, the 24-year-old Kane felt he had matured and was more aware of his surroundings when he went out and had fun.

“Try to relax, try to enjoy it,” Kane said of his summer plans. “You know try to keep myself out of trouble, I guess, and keep myself maturing as a person. It seems to be easier these days as I get older. You’re obviously going to have your fun.


“[Whether it’s hard to stay out of trouble] depends on which view point you’re taking. It’s hard to the point where there’s so much social media and so much cameras and people that want to take pictures to where anything you do is going to be under the microscope and people are going to record it. Especially these days to the point where if something even minor I do it’s going to be reported because of things that have happened in the past. You got to be aware of that.”

Kane dealt with questions about his off-ice activities at last year’s convention and when he returned from playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Kane didn’t believe it would be an issue going forward.

“It's in the past for me," Kane said in January. "I'm not worried about that. I'm a different person now, and I've changed a lot."

Kane said Friday he wanted to continue enjoying his summer, but his focus was also turning to the 2014-15 season. He’s coming off a 2013 season where he led the Blackhawks with 55 regular-season points and 19 playoff points.

“You still feel like a young kid, but at the same time, what’s happened the first six years of my career, I feel like I can still prove a lot more as a player, maybe accomplish some more things with this team,” Kane said. “That’s what you got to be excited about. Keep pushing yourself in the summer because that’s where I feel like I play my best is coming back into the season and maybe have an edge or two on guys to get some more goals or points to help out myself start out strong.”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
32 15 17 8
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 15
AssistsP. Kane 17
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 1.87