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Kane’s summer plan: stay out of trouble

Jul 27, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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At 24, Patrick Kane has already experienced some of the most dramatic highs and lows that a pro hockey player can go through.

He’s one of the faces of American hockey, a two-time champion and the reigning Conn Smythe winner, but there’s no doubt that he’s drawn some negative attention off the ice. With that in mind, he told the Chicago Tribune that he’s having fun this summer … but not too much of it.

“Just try to relax, try to enjoy it,” Kane said. “You know, try to keep myself out of trouble.”

He understands that his past experiences can make him an easy target for candid cell phone photos and tabloid-style headlines.

“It’s hard to the point where there’s so much social media and so much cameras and people who want to take pictures where anything you do is going to be under the microscope and people are going to record it,” Kane said. “Something even minor I do is going to be reported because of things that have happened in the past. You have to be aware of that.”

The young forward already sounds like he’s developing some veteran savvy, noting that he’s getting more adept at avoiding trouble.

“It seems to be easier these days as you get older,” Kane said. “You’re obviously going to have your fun. You still feel like a young kid, but with what has happened in the first six years of my career, I still can prove a lot more as a player and maybe accomplish some more things with this team.”

Kane notes that he’s skated about five times so far this summer, so it sounds like he’s starting to shift from play to work mode.

(Not that he can’t mix a little of both.)

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    You’re rich, party at home, don’t allow people to video inside, wrap it up and have fun.

  2. dalecooperscoffee - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Change the record please. How is this even news?

    • jrcan13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Well let see – its SUMMER, theres no hockey….

      But that beside the fact that you saw the headline, read the story and chose to comment on it even tho you didnt think it was news


  3. bagjr387 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    You can take him out of South Buffalo, but you can’t take the South Buffalo out of him….

  4. blackhawks2010 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Slow news day apparently……

  5. agentdw - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    its amazing how the guy can go from having everyone and their mom want him gone one summer, then he’s right back to being a darling the next. im proud of him for the progress that he made over the course of this past season, and so far he’s doing and saying all the right things this summer. as long as he stays true to his words, he’ll continue to be the franchise-type player that he should be for DA HAWKS!!

  6. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    I still like drunk Kane though. Blackhawks fans, can we please find a way to balance superstar Kane and drunk Kane so all fans are happy?

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