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.