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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Patrick Kane will take temporary leave

By Scott Powers



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss Friday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes due to a personal matter, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Wednesday.

Kane will return to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., to be with his family following the passing of his paternal grandfather, Donald F. Kane, on Monday. Kane played against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday before his departure.

The Blackhawks will play the Phoenix Coyotes on the road Friday before beginning the NHL’s mandated Olympic break. Kane is also a member of the U.S. Olympic hockey team and is scheduled to leave for Sochi, Russia, this weekend.

Kane spoke Monday about how close he was to his late grandfather.

"He was a guy I kind of grew up with," Kane said. "He lived next door to me my whole childhood. We would do things like play cards and hang out by the pools throughout the summers. He came to a lot of my hockey games, but I think more importantly for him he was more worried about grades and being a good kid. It’s a tough day, for sure."

The burial for Kane’s grandfather, who was 87, will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Buffalo, according to his obituary on the Buffalo News website.

Kane has 27 goals and 36 assists for a team-high 63 points in 59 games this season.