Chicago Blackhawks: Martin Steinegger
January, 24, 2013
By Scott Powers
Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesEHC Biel coach Kevin Schläpfer believes Patrick Kane might have matured as a leader from playing in Switzerland.EHC Biel coach Kevin Schläpfer may just take credit in Switzerland for Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's hot start to the NHL season.
Schläpfer coached Kane for 20 games during the NHL lockout, and now Kane started his NHL season with two goals and three assists in three games.
"Maybe I can say he had a good start because of me," Schläpfer said laughing during a recent phone conversation from Switzerland. "I have nothing to do with that, though."
From a hockey standpoint, Schläpfer isn't sure if he taught Kane anything during Kane's nearly two months playing in the Swiss National League A. Kane arrived a gifted player and departed one in Schläpfer's eyes.