At the opening of the annual Blackhawks Convention in Chicago late Friday afternoon, South Buffalo native Patrick Kane had his first meeting with the media since photos of him partying in Madison, Wisc., surfaced in May and landed all over the Internet, notably at Deadspin.com.
"It’s something that hopefully I can learn and mature from," Kane said. "It’s still part of my maturation process and something I’m still trying to get better at. And the biggest thing, it was embarrassing. ... It’s not who I want to be. I want to be someone who can be a role model to kids and to everyone for that matter. It’s something I’m looking to put behind me and try and move forward and be the best person and player I can be."
The Chicago Sun-Times reported last month that the organization was concerned enough to inquire about alcohol counseling for Kane. He said today, however, that he does not have an alcohol problem.
"I don’t think so," Kane said. "It’s something I put behind me and something I don’t want to put myself in that position again but, no, I don’t think I do."
That said, it's widely known the Blackhawks are disturbed by Kane's off-ice behavior, particularly when compared to the maturity and leadership of captain Jonathan Toews. You wonder what the team will do if No. 88 has any more missteps.