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Patrick Kane explains his post-parade remarks

Jun 12, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

Kane9.jpgIt’s easy to forget that what was supposed to be a promising season
for the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t start off all that great. First, Dale
Tallon’s fax machine broke, and the team was forced to sign a couple of
players to long-term contracts or else lose them to free agency. The
mixup cost Tallon his job, and some wondered what long term effects that
gaffe would have on this team.

Then Patrick Kane was arrested
after a dispute with a cab driver. Kane, very young and the extremely
talented member of a great group of young forwards, had tarnished his
reputation. It didn’t help when he later gained the rep of a “partier”
when he was caught shirtless in a limo with other teammates; not that
big of a deal, but combine the two incidents and the year didn’t exactly
start off great for Kane.

So when he said these words at the
parade yesterday, some may have thought he was taking too easy an
approach to the incidents:

“I’ll try to keep my shirt on all summer and for all the cab
drivers out
there, I love you.”

Today, Kane explained his remarks and showed a
bit more of a level headed approach.
From Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:

“You can look back on those things and say the year started out like
this,” Kane said Saturday, when asked why he brought it up at the
rally. “It ended on a great note, but it started out on not so great of a
note. So you look back on it and you can have fun with it. The issue is
over. It’s gone. It’s done with.

“I probably have to live the
rest of my life with it but I think, for me, I can have fun with it now
that it’s over.”

Listen, you can’t fault Kane for making light of the situation during
his time of triumph. Perhaps the wording wasn’t perfect, but you have
to respect a guy that can poke fun at himself after he screws up. Kane
is now a bigger star than ever, so he’s going to have to be wary that
every word he speaks and every thing he does will be intensely

  1. Abdul - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Kane is a classless punk, like most of the other Blackhawks. He better where his shirt for identification when a cabbie finally decides to slap the spit out of him on a 3 am cab ride.

  2. KEN - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Abdul, you must be a cabbie. Learn how to spell before you post anything.Who do you specifically know from the blackhawks that would validate you making a general statement like that.

  3. grimjack - Jun 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Why is a fit young man shirtless in a limo an incident? I cna understand if he was pantless in a limo full of men. It’s not like he took off his shirt in a church.

  4. Mal - Jun 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    The kid is 21 years old. He shouldn’t be punching anyone but think of all the dumb things you did when you were that age.

  5. Anonymous - Jun 13, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Hey Abdul,
    Flyer Fan, huh !

  6. Anonymous - Jun 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Abdul……..I am pretty sure you would be crying like a little bitch if you said that to his face.

  7. StakeX - Jun 14, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    The funny part is all the people who complain about what he did, likely did far worse when they were his age. Its not like he KILLED the cab driver, and is now making light of it or anything…
    Im not a Chicago fan, or even really a Kane fan, but this is a null issue. Some people in this world really need to learn to not be so damn sensitive about such things.

  8. BlackhawksParty - Jun 14, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    The guys just a kid and he’s having fun the incident and moving on. Way to go Hawks thanks for bringing home the Stanley Cup. It was good to see the boys celebrating in the Chicago Bars. Burish leaving the bar on utube is classic. Go Hawks!

  9. Darlene - Jun 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I think all of you are idiots and probably totally jealous of Kane. He is young, good looking, very talented and rich. I think that he has handled himself very well throughout the parade and rally and with his comments. He’s right, it is time to put it behind him now. It’s not like he’s married and cheated on his with with tons of women without protection.
    These guys are great hockey players.

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