Patrick Kane takes personal leave
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss Friday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes after the passing of his paternal grandfather, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday.
Kane will return to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., to be with his family after the death of Donald F. Kane on Monday.
Kane played against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday before his departure.
Kane learned of his grandfather's death before Monday's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings but did not tell the team until the game was underway. After scoring two goals and adding an assist, he choked up while speaking with the media 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.
The Blackhawks will play Phoenix 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 has 27 goals and 36 assists for a team-high 63 points in 59 games this season.