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Video: Kane pays tribute to grandfather after goal

Feb 4, 2014, 2:08 AM EDT

Before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Kane learned that his grandfather Donald died. The Chicago Blackhawks star did his best to focus on the game at hand, but when he scored the first of two goals, he paid tribute to his grandfather with a skyward salute:

As CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reports, the 25-year-old was emotional when discussing his grandfather’s impact on his life after the 5-3 win for Chicago.

“One of my great friends growing up. It’s just a really sad day,” Kane said. “He came to a lot of my hockey games. But he was more worried about my grades and me being a good kid.”

  1. dropthepuckeh - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Healthy reminder of how young these guys are when they still have grandparents…exposing my age I realize.

  2. blackhawkdaniel - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Grandpa is looking down and smiles Kanner!!!!! Great game!!!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Condolences to Kane and his family on their loss. I lost my father last month. He and I had our difficult moments over the years, but among the things we agreed on was that when we die, we’re dead. We aren’t somehow “up there” somewhere. Memories of us are carried by those who survive us, but we’re otherwise just gone. We also agreed that we’re all entitled to believe as we wish, regardless of what evidence there might be to support our beliefs. Again, sympathies to the Kanes.

  3. penguins87and71 - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I can really relate to Kane, I also lost my grandfather about 5 years ago. He was my best friend and I was heartbroken when he passed. I still feel guilt that I couldn’t do something to help him. Even to this day I get emotional when I talk about him or think of him.

  4. byah687 - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    We all go through it. Tough break kid, sorry for your loss.

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